23 September 2009, Wednesday, 11:55
author: Elena Makushina
The Division of the Federal service for the supervision of public health (FSSPH) for RB refuted the information earlier spread by some mass media about "a quite unexpected decision of the FSSPH to announce products for newborns to be medical goods" that resulted in "the refusal of pharmacy chains and distributors to accept goods for babies and huge losses suffered by manufacturers".
"Such products as pacifiers, teethers, aspirators for ears and nose, breast pumps and other products intended for prevention and relief of the course of a disease of babies and nursing mothers are referred to medical goods and are subject to registration according to the Fundamental Principles of legislation of the Russian Federation on heath protection of its citizens" — the head of the Division of the FSSPH for RB Salavat Dautov explained.
Meanwhile, the bulk of such products are imported to Russia from the countries of South-East Asia, such as China, Taiwan, and Thailand.
"And it is dishonest manufacturers of these countries who try by fair means or foul to avoid testing those products for safety, that is presupposed in registration procedure" — Dautov says
The assertion concerning mass confiscation of baby products from pharmacies and fines imposed on pharmacy organizations is considered groundless in the Division of the FSSPH for RB.
"Imposition of fines upon legal entities performing sale of medical goods is not within the competence of the Division of the FSSPH for RB" — Salavat Dautov says.
No complaints from individuals or organizations concerning the problems of deficiency of medical goods for newborns and nursing mothers was received by the Division of the FSSPH for RB. According to the Division of the Russian agency for health and consumer rights for RB, it also did not receive such complaints; there are no facts of deficiency of medical goods.