Alive in Baghdad, a project of citizen journalists, runs video and written features on daily life in Iraq. They’ve posted a story this week on the Ministry of Health’s inability to provide proper oversight of pharmacies.
According to the report, licensing regulations are not enforced by the Ministry and counterfeit drugs have flooded the market. To make matters worse, on those occasions when the National Guard has been sent to forcibly close a pharmacy, the officers have been known to loot the store on their way out. This is a quintessential example of poor government oversight and accountability leading to negative real life consequences for the average citizen.
Alive in Baghdad: Fake Pharmacies Plague Iraq
— Norah Mallaney