Minister of Health and Social Development Honourable Dancia Penn delivered the seminar’s opening remarks and stressed the dangers of counterfeit drugs. She said that a community-wide effort would be needed to keep counterfeit drugs out.

British Virgin Islands are committed to combating the spread of counterfeit drugs.

The seminar was held in Road Town, Tortola, and was hosted by the island’s office of Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry of Health and Social Development, according to SKNVibes News.

Minister of Health and Social Development Honourable Dancia Penn delivered the seminar’s opening remarks and stressed the dangers of counterfeit drugs. She said that a community-wide effort would be needed to keep counterfeit drugs out.

“The only way to keep counterfeits out of the medicine supply chain is for a community to be vigilant and to safeguard the chain through an inter-sectoral approach,” Penn said, according to the news source.

Penn also said she was pleased that the territory would be the home of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Pharmaceutical Procurement Service’s counterfeit drug training center.

“I am even more delighted about the integral part that we in the Virgin Islands are playing in this quest,” she said.