Arrested for producing and selling fake drugs in Hamheung… Ministry of Security ’emergency’

On May 20, the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, shed light on the supply status of ‘stockpile medicine’ that is being delivered to all parts of the country. /Photo = Labor Newspaper News 1

Recently, it is reported that a gang of people who produced fake medicines and distributed them on the market in Hamheung, North Hamgyeongnam-do, were arrested by the Ministry of Security.

According to a Daily NK source from South Hamgyong Province on the 22nd, on the 15th, Hamheung City produced and distributed various kinds of fake medicines, and four people per day were arrested by the city safety department.

The group arrested this time is accused of producing fake drugs in large quantities since 2020 and distributing them mainly in Pyongyang, the capital, Pyongseong, South Pyongan Province, Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province, and Haeju, South Hwanghae Province.

In particular, it is known that this gang sold fake medicine nationwide as the number of imported medicines from China decreased after the corona crisis.

It is said that they are also accused of creating confusion by producing fake medicines and selling them at half the price of those sold in hospitals and pharmacies.

In this regard, a source said, “Last year, a gang of people who produced and sold fake drugs were arrested, but a similar incident occurred again this time, and the Hamheung City Safety Department was put on emergency alert.”

In the midst of this, it is said that the city safety department also conducted an investigation into those who took over and sold drugs from a gang that manufactured and distributed fake drugs.

In fact, the source explained that the city safety department investigated the arrestees, obtained the identity of the sales books in each region, and notified the respective regional safety departments.

Accordingly, it is said that the Pyongyang City Safety Department and other provincial safety agencies are investigating the sale of counterfeit drugs by arresting related subjects.

The source said, “Currently, subjects related to this case are being arrested and investigated nationwide.” Because of this, it seems that the punishment for the perpetrators and those involved in making and distributing fake drugs will not be light.”

On the other hand, the source also asked back, saying, “Crackdowns and punishments for the manufacture and sale of fake drugs are important, but isn’t it more important to take measures to ensure timely supply of drugs to hospitals and pharmacies?”


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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