BANNED CHINESE-MADE DRUGS SEIZED IN CNMI

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (June 18, 1999 - PACNEWS)---The Government of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is reinforcing efforts to monitor incoming cargo following the seizure of 151 kilograms (333 pounds) of banned over-the-counter and prescription drugs from China.

Since the beginning of the year, the Customs Division has confiscated about 585 kilograms (1,290 pounds) of prohibited drugs from China.

A report from the CNMI Division of Customs Services indicated more than half of the seized prohibited medicine was consigned to Chinese nationals working for garment manufacturing companies in the country.

The Customs Division has initiated talks with the Saipan Garment Manufacturers Association (SGMA) to remind member companies of the existing laws, which regulate the storage, and distribution of pharmaceutical products that have labels other than English.

The customs report pointed out the majority of the confiscated drugs have non-English labels, which is a violation of the multiple provisions of the existing local and federal statutes.

Under existing regulations, foreign prescription drugs are not allowed to enter CNMI unless they are accompanied by a registered doctor’s prescription, consumable within 90 days, and intended for personal use.

The law also prohibits the entry of over-the-counter drugs from foreign countries other than the United States.

The over-the-counter drugs must also have approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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