Monos fails state inspection
Following the hospitalization of 16 children provided with excessive dosages of phenobarbital distributed at a Monos pharmacy, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical chain failed an inspection by the State Specialized Inspection Agency.
“We are officially to blame for the affected children and we have failed to do our job responsibly,” reported Monos in a statement to the press on Tuesday. Monos commented, “The medicine, phenobarbital, has been produced for over 50 years by Emiin Uildver LLC, and the pharmacist who compounded the medicine had one year of experience at Monos and passed the pharmacology license examination in 2013.”
The UB Post visited Monos Group but they refused an interview.
A pharmacist from Monos said that the State Specialized Inspection Agency and the Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection of Mongolia are conducting inspections at all branches of Monos, but the Monos pharmacies are conducting normal operations.
The Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection of Mongolia inspected branches at Tavan Shar and Sonsgolon. Some violations were discovered including the absence of a branch manager at one location, failure to label the cost of medications, the absence of instructions for use of medications, and pharmacists without professional certificates. They were also cited for selling non-health related products and toys. They products were gathered and confiscated. All 18 branches of Monos will be inspected according to the Law on Competition.
The State Specialized Inspection Authority is still conducting its inspection, so the Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection has not allowed the closure of its branches at Tavan Shar and Sonsgolon. The negative side effects of high dosages of phenobarbital are often evident long after consumption. One pharmacist stated that children who ingest an overdose of phenobarbital are at risk of brain disorders and permanent disabilities.
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