Narcotic medicines watched closely in UAE

The Ministry of Health will launch in a few weeks an integrated electronic system to monitor the prescription and use of medicines containing narcotic substances across the UAE, which will link 2,840 pharmacies and repositories, a ministry official said.

This was revealed at the 10th edition of the Hemaya International Forum, ?where experts confirmed that narcotic pills continue to be the biggest problem in the UAE and some other Arab countries.

The forum, which is organised by Dubai Police in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Unoc), among other agencies, brings together people who work in the field of combating drugs from different countries each year to share their expertise.

Dr Ameen Hussain Al Ameri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licensing at the ministry, who was a speaker at one of the sessions, said the system will monitor the entire process from the time the pills are imported and distributed up until they reach the patient.