Sunday, August 20, 2017

MPF sets up retail shops

In a move to combat the sales of counterfeit medicines and drugs, the Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory (MPF), under the Ministry of Industry, has cancelled its distribution network involving sales representatives.

Dr Aung Zaw, Deputy General Manager of the Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory (Insein), said on June 27 that 17 retail drug stores have been opened to sell medicine under its BPI brand name directly to the public.

Five MPF pharmacies have opened in Yangon, three in Nay Pyi Taw, two in Mandalay, and one each in Hakha (Chin State), Hpa-an (Kayin State), Aunglan (Magwe Region), Myitkyina (Kachin State), Monywa (Sagaing Region), Taunggyi (Shan State) and Pyay (Bago Region).

“We are trying to increase the number of pharmacies. People can get more than 50 types of controlled medicines and medical products as well as medicine that needs no doctor’s prescription,” said Dr Aung Zaw.

The MPF is trying to combat counterfeit medicine by distributing quality drugs directly to the public through their pharmacies.

“We are linking with supermarkets like City Mart supermarkets, where customers can get all BPI products, and MPF retail pharmacies,” he said.

The retail pharmacies do not allow commercial purchases, but private hospitals and clinics can contact MPF directly in Insein to buy its products.

Daw Yamin of Kamaryut township in Yangon said, “I think BPI products are cheap and reliable. Some consumers like my mother is obsessed with the brand. She only buys BPI products like Cevit or paracetamol.”

MPF has conducted a market survey, printed hologram seals on BPI products and changed their packaging system to combat counterfeit medicines.

Last year, about K2.8 billion worth of fake products bearing the BPI brand were seized by the Ministry of Home Affairs.