MOH logoThe Saudi Ministry of Health has closed 33 pharmacies and health centers in different regions of the kingdom during the last month after violating regulations.

During inspection, 12 pharmacies were closed because they dispensed medications without prescriptions, lacked adequate staff, or operated without proper a license. Some pharmacies started functioning before acquiring a license, while others operated even after their licenses expired.

The most common violations in the 21 health center that were closed were the lack of work permits and lack of adequate staff and specialists.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, the assistant for the private health sector, Dr Ali Al-Zawawi stressed that the ministry would continue its efforts to ensure that all regulations are followed in order to give better care for patients.