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#461454 - 04/02/13 01:45 PM Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores
Marty Offline
All medication containing pseudoephedrine is being removed from the shelves at local stores on Ambergris Caye. The initiative is part of a country wide action by the Ministry of Health to stop shops from selling medication with pseudoephedrine since it should only be sold by licensed pharmacists. As such, the Health Inspector on Ambergris Caye has been visiting stores confiscating medication with pseudoephedrine content.

Speaking to The San Pedro Sun, Lisa Tillett, Health Inspector at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II, said that shops are not authorized to sell medication with the given drug content. “We have been confiscating all antibiotics and drugs containing pseudoephedrine from all the stores. These drugs should only be sold by licensed pharmacist and with a prescription. What is happening is that we have stores on the island selling these drugs and it is very dangerous for people to buy them, especially if they don’t know to use them, or it hasn’t been prescribed to them by a doctor,” said Tillett.

The confiscation of such medication has been ongoing for some time now but was done on a small scale. However, Tillett explained, that there are many more stores selling drugs with pseudoephedrine content. “We have to begin cracking down on these stores,” she added. Some of the medications with pseudoephedrine include DayQuil and NyQuil and most cold and flu medication as well as antibiotics. “Stores have been warned on several occasions. What happen is that we have people, licensed to sell these drugs on a whole sale basis, doing so to stores. The licensed druggists are not informing shop owners that it is illegal for them to sell these drugs in a store. These drugs must not be sold by the common salesperson; only by a registered and license pharmacist,” said Tillett.

The Health Inspector said that under the laws governing pharmacists in Belize, shop owners found with any drugs that requires prescription and which can only be sold by a pharmacist, can be charged and taken to court. For the time being, that is not being pursued, as only warning is being given to shop owners. Approximately 30 boxes of medication containing pseudoephedrine have been confiscated from shop owners on Ambergris Caye. The majority of the products confiscated originated from Guatemala.

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#461461 - 04/02/13 03:26 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: Marty]
Nobody You Know Offline
It never ceases to amaze me as to what the GOB chooses to use very finite resources on. Are they concerned people will use it as a precursor material for Meth? It's not commercially viable with what a bottle of Nyquil costs on the island.Silly...

#461464 - 04/02/13 03:41 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
Yes silly, I wonder if we can buy the meth and some how reverse the process to get sudafed? Meth is cheap and sudafed is $1.50 per 30 mg tab. :-)
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#461468 - 04/02/13 04:22 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
Old law, now, I guess, just being enforced on the caye. Same law as in FL and I assume many other US states, but in FL you need a script and a local drivers license to purchase.
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#461830 - 04/06/13 12:00 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: Katie Valk]
seashell Offline
Last I checked, could purchase here in Calgary by asking for it at pharmacy, no scrip required. Still OTC but controlled, as in not able to scoop off the shelf.
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#461838 - 04/06/13 02:06 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
Canada is a progressive place.
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#461882 - 04/06/13 07:49 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: elbert]
BeBelize Offline
A prescription is not required in the US; however, these medications must be held behind the counter. There are strict limits on how much can be purchased by any one consumer, and the seller is required to report the purchases. This is a federal law (part of the Patriot Act).


Makes you feel like a criminal when you just need a good decongestant like Sudafed.
Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico

#461884 - 04/06/13 09:42 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
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#461887 - 04/06/13 10:11 PM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: elbert]
SP Daily Offline
Bartender? Where does he work?

#461893 - 04/07/13 12:41 AM Re: Pseudoephedrine removed from San Pedro stores [Re: Marty]
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