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The appointment of the new director of drug inspectorate has brought to the forefront a wide range of shortfalls within the system in respect of imported pharmaceuticals and persons practicing without a license. According to the Pharmacists' Association of Belize, there is need for drug inspectors across the country to ensure that proper procedures are followed and that medications sold at pharmacies are approved by the ministry. A case in point says P.A.B. President, Hortence Humes, there are seventeen pharmacies in San Pedro, but only two licensed pharmacists on the island.

Hortence Humes, President, Phamarcists' Association of Belize

"The drug inspector, they make inspections to see that you are getting controlled drugs; I need to see who are getting these drugs, who are you selling to. That means that you need to have a record of, by law, you should have all those records of where are these going to and if at any time we say, we need to go and�"

Dickie Bradley, Host

"Who looks at the book?"

Hortence Humes

Hortence Humes

"It's the drug inspector; they should go in there and they should look at the book. But that hasn't been done because you only have one person and you have so many drug stores. Like in San Pedro, you have seventeen drug stores and two pharmacists on the island. So all of these things."

Dickie Bradley

"Go slow. So there are seventeen pharmacies-places where they sell pharmaceuticals-but yo only have two people weh qualified?"

Hortence Humes

"�on the island."

Dickie Bradley

"So weh dehn do, deh spend wah hour dah one, spend wah hour dah di next one and cover all of them? Who polices the police?"

Marisol Melhado

Marisol Melhado, Vice President, Phamarcists' Association of Belize

"This is exactly our concern."

Dickie Bradley

"This is where an inspectorate would come in?

Marisol Melhado


Dickie Bradley

"So you all are telling me that it is possible that seventeen drug stores have been operating? And of all places, San Pedro where all the tourists they want their drugs�and if it is one things with Americans, they have to get their drugs."

The association also clarified on the Dickie Bradley show that they are not against the appointment of a drug inspectorate, but it must follow due process.

Channel 5

Joined: Jun 2013
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Just which are the pharmacies actually have licensed pharmacists? Or do they float around among multiple pharmacies? Or...

While in AC I have purchased some of the meds that I normally use in the US for things like blood pressure meds that require a prescription in the US. I usually just check the expiration dates.

Are some of the pharmacies better than others?

Joined: Jun 2006
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Unique Pharmacy is across from Lino's Meats and Gecko Graphics. The man who works there seems to have a solid education in pharmaceuticals and knows both generic and brand name drugs, and understands interactions and substitutes. I also use the pharmacy at the corner of middle street, across from Pirate Pizza. The woman there also seems to have an education in drugs. If I had to hazard a guess who the two licensed pharmacists were, I would bet on these two. I have been to every one in town, know where to buy what I need and the prices and how they vary. Brodie's will also send any prescription on Tropic Air as long as they have a copy on file. They are usually 25% cheaper for brand names and 40% cheaper for generics.
I think it is about time the pharmacies here were regulated. I research every drug I ask for and I have actually walked out of a couple of shops because the counter girl had absolutely no understanding what so ever of what I was asking for.

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The poly clinic has a licensed pharmacist.

Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 31
For what it's worth, I picked up something I needed on this trip at the Spiez Pharmarcy on Middle Street. It was in sealed box with good expiration dates. It's near Planet Pizza. The woman behind the counter seemed very knowledgeable.

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