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BPOM, KPK join forces to prevent license foul play

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 24, 2017   /   07:44 pm
BPOM, KPK join forces to prevent license foul play Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) deputy for drugs and addictive substances monitoring Nurma Hidayati (center) meets with Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy leader Basaria Panjaitan (right) at the KPK headquarters on Tuesday. (kompas.com/Abba Gabrillin)

The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has received assistance from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in anticipating possible foul play in the management of drug and food monitoring, particularly in the issuance of licenses.

"This is to ensure the licensing [management] is carried out in a clean and accountable manner," said the BPOM's deputy for drugs and addictive substances monitoring Nurma Hidayati, as quoted from kompas.com.

KPK deputy leader Basaria Panjaitan proposed to the BPOM building a better drugs-control system and establishing monitoring desks at a local level across the country.

The KPK released a study on drug and food monitoring management late last year and recommended, among other points, overhauling the drugs-control system.

The study was concluded only months after the country was shocked by the distribution of fake vaccines that prompted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to instruct his administration to revamp the BPOM and the management of drug and food monitoring.

Last month, the BPOM was in the spotlight after the discovery of widespread distribution of "PCC" drugs containing over-the-counter painkiller paracetamol and carisoprodol, a sedative banned in Indonesia since 2013. (ipa)