May 26, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka recently hosted a workshop in Jaffna on combating counterfeit drugs for the pharmacists and law enforcement officials.
The workshop titled “Protecting Sri Lankan Families from Counterfeit Drugs” was organized by the American Chamber of Commerce, the National Intellectual Property Office, and the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) along with the U.S. Embassy in Colombo.
This was the fourth and the final seminar the Embassy has hosted to educate pharmacists, doctors, the police and other government officials to work together to protect Sri Lankan families from the dangers of counterfeit drugs.
The Embassy has hosted previous workshops in Colombo, Galle and Kandy. The U.S. State Department was the principal sponsor of the campaign, the Embassy said.
Speaking at the seminar Mr. Edward Heartney, Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy has said that every country has to deal with the problem of fake, counterfeit, and unregistered drugs and he was pleased to see the active participation of Sri Lanka’s pharmacists, chemists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy owners at the workshop as they play a critical role in countering the fraud.
GSK pharmaceuticals, a leading drug manufacturer has conducted a session on identification of counterfeit drugs.