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Sanctions vs. Adulteration and Trafficking of Drugs Asked in Cuba



Havana, Dec 29.- Attorney General Office of the Republic of Cuba (FGR) asked severe sanctions against people involved in the adulteration and trafficking of drugs, said yesterday the Granma newspaper.

The newspaper website indicated that some cases are in process and others were presented to the courts requesting severe sanctions, 'based on the proof against the defendants, as well as their behavior and administrative and police records'.

'Con la vida, no hay invento' was the tittle of the article published by the newspaper, official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, which includes data provided by FGR confirming the adulteration of drugs (methylphenidate) in the production process of the pharmaceutical laboratory Reinaldo Gutierrez, in the municipality of Boyeros in Havana.

According to the article, the medicine was sold illegally as if it were a legitimate product, although those involved in the adulteration changed the active ingredient with other raw materials (the placebo used to clean the machines).

Among the offenders are the head of a brigade of the blistering packing machine, the operator, the shift manager and those that transported the drugs in the Eastern provincial drugstore, said the report issued by the Information and Analysis Department of the FGR.

In total, they were paid in cash more than $1,500 CUC (Cuban Convertible Currency), which 'was distributed according to the involvement in the process', said the report.

'As a result, these products were sent to drugstores in the capital city and later sold to parents of children who receive this medication for the diseases they have,' said the report.

'What has been described up to now is the list of the facts found, and the legal proceedings that have been processed in 2017, which are related to institutions managed by BioCubaFarma and the Ministry of Public Health,' said the FGR.

According to the FGR, the crimes also include the illegal sale of medicines, including those called 'controlled' by the population (which target chronic diseases), with the involvement of laboratory workers.

Another group of irregularities involves drugstores in various areas, as the sale of medicines in a facility of the 10 de Octubre municipality in Havana, with increased prices and without medical prescription, involving minors in the process.

'There are sacred things with which there is no room for business or illegality, on the contrary they need the full weight of the law and raise awareness', said the Granma article. (Prensa Latina)