BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has referred a recent legal case over counterfeit drug smuggling to the State Prosecution’s office, saying that such crimes would never be tolerated.
“There will be zero tolerance towards anyone who allows himself to manipulate citizens’ lives,” Abu Faour said in a statement Thursday, calling on the prosecution office to take all necessary legal actions against the perpetrators.
The Health Ministry-affiliated Pharmaceutical Inspection Department discovered the smuggled drugs through an investigation into three hospitals, one pharmacy and one drug warehouse. It found out that non-pharmaceutical actors had also participated in the crime.
Lebanon has suffered from significant amounts of fake drugs being smuggled into its market in the last few years, and consecutive health ministers have pledged to prioritize this issue on their agendas.