The Senate passed on second reading a proposed measure that creates a legislative framework for importation, manufacture of and safe use of prescription and non-prescription drugs. 

Senate Bill No, 11-68 times to have a policy in place for prescription and non-prescription drugs in the country.

“The bill seeks to provide a comprehensive framework to regulate the import, export, manufacture, sale, distribution and use of these substances.”

“Such a system will ensure that Palauans have continued access to high quality medications and will prevent against an inadequate or oversupply of these substances, the illegal use of such medications and flourishing of a counterfeit or black market for these products,” the bill stated. 

The bill also seeks for the establishment of a National Pharmaceutical Committee to oversee the statute when approved. 

The committee will have to work with the Ministry of Health and Human Services and the Ministry of Justice.

The committee will have six members and shall be health professionals.

The proposed bill also included an immunity clause for the committee members from civil liability.  (Island Times)

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