Fake Medicines in Bahrain




AN MP yesterday took legal action against a minister claiming Bahrain’s main hospital is still giving patients counterfeit medicine – nearly two weeks after the allegations came to light.

Ali Shamtoot alleges people with sickle cell anaemia have been injected with fake drugs at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).

The legislator, a sickle cell patient, brought “evidence” to back up his claims during parliament’s session on November 19, when Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi ordered an investigation.

However, Mr Shamtoot told the GDN the medicine was still being administered at SMC when he visited yesterday.

He filed a police complaint against Mr Al Shehabi and Health Ministry hospital affairs assistant under-secretary Dr Ameen Al Sa’ati, demanding an immediate probe.

“I spoke to the minister at the weekly parliament session and told him about the medicine,” he said. “However, I was in SMC receiving treatment and saw that they were still using it.

“I called the police and they saw that it was being used.

“The minister doesn’t care about the public’s health if he continues to allow them to use it (medicine).

“This medicine could be the reason behind the deaths of sickle cell disease patients.

“I want an investigative committee to look into this.”

Mr Shamtoot claimed the minister was aware of the “fake” medicine and had promised to change it.

He made the claims as MPs debated a proposal to improve services for sickle cell patients, which was unanimously approved and referred to the Cabinet.

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