12. December 2011 15:51
Armeina’s Director of Scientific Centre of Drug and Medical Technology says his country’s pharmaceuticals, mostly imported from India and China, are practically free of counterfeit products.
Armenia, which imports most of its pharmaceuticals from India and China and checks all drug imports at the border, is practically free of counterfeit medicines, according to Hakob Topchyan, Director of the country’s Scientific Centre of Drug and Medical Technology. In the decade 2001-2011, only 43 counterfeits were found, Mr. Topchyan said at a press conference on 29 November, 2011. Armenian medicines do not compromise on quality, Mr. Topchyan affirmed, adding that like other countries that have to compete in the drug market, Armenia relies on relatively inexpensive pharmaceutical raw material imports from India and China. Mr. Topchyan was against introducing e-pharmacies in Armenia, as he felt this could lead to the spread of counterfeit products.