Pharmacies in the country face closure if they fail to renew their expired licences by February 18.
In a circular issued to all pharmacies, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said it had noticed some pharmacies were not renewing their expired licences and those of the pharmacists working with them.
The circular has asked all pharmacies to renew their expired licences by the deadline.
The Healthcare and Patient Safety Department at SCH and its Pharmacy and Drug Control Department will conduct inspections to ensure all pharmacies comply with the rule.
“Pharmacies will face immediate closure if they are found operating with an expired licence after the deadline,” warned the circular.
Pharmacies and pharmacists, like other healthcare practitioners and facilities, are required to renew their licences annually.
These facilities are required to get clearance from the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, the Civil Defence Department and other concerned authorities, to get their licences renewed by SCH, it was learnt.
“This may be a reason for some pharmacies to delay the renewal. Some pharmacies might have stopped working. However, we don’t have an issue in this regard because we make sure all our licences (of the pharmacy and the pharmacists) are renewed well in advance,” said a pharmacist.
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