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Fake healthcare products under spotlight

Released at: 16:54, 14/07/2015

Fake healthcare products under spotlight

Fake pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and dietary supplements targeted in latest government push to wipe out counterfeit products.

by Son Ho

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the National Steering Committee against Smuggling, Commercial Fraud, and Counterfeiting, has just issued an Official Letter on combating the smuggling and trading of fake pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and dietary supplements, which the government will prioritize from July 15 to October 15.

Tackling such smuggling and trading involves many parties, such as the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Health, inspectorates, the police force, Vietnam Television, Voice of Vietnam, provincial people’s committees, and other ministries and departments. Smuggling and trading will be strictly monitored at border areas and maritime areas and within the country, especially in major cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

“We support this decision from the government,” said Ms. Nguyen Anh Tuyet, Director of Research and Development at Dragon of Vietnam Trading Services. “By doing so, counterfeit and low quality but cheap products will be dealt with seriously, and companies such as us, who import authentic products, will find it easier to conduct business.” Inspectors have checked Dragon of Vietnam Trading Services, she added, and were satisfied with the quality of its products.

On July 9 authorities seized dozens of tons of cosmetics of unknown origin at two sites in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.

Fake pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and dietary supplements consist of unsafe chemicals and can be harmful to people’s health.

Such products sell well in Vietnam because of their low price and the lack of knowledge among consumers, as well as an absence of policies to deal with them. With the opening of many genuine stores, counterfeit products are mostly available online, especially via Facebook advertising, where most consumers can be reached.

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