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A war is brewing between pres-
ident of the Pharmacy Board of
T&T Andrew Rahaman and one of
its council members Ameena Ali
over the delay in granting of
licences to 20 pharmacies.
Rahaman said the problem stems
from the council of the pharmacy
board having difficulty in convening
meetings when appointees fail to
According to the Pharmacy Board
Act, no less than five members of
whom one shall be a member
appointed by the Minister of Health
or a member appointed by the Med-
ical Board is necessary to constitute
a quorum for a meeting of the coun-
cil.The council has ten members, six
of whom are elected by the phar-
The remaining four---Ameena Ali
and Clinton Sahadeo were appointed
by Dr Fuad Khan, while Dr Carol
Bhagan-Khan and Dr Mitra Sinanan
were appointed in May by the Med-
Rahaman said 20 pharmacy own-
ers have been waiting on their
"Some of them have been waiting
for six months."
Rahaman said an application has
to be considered by the council of
the pharmacy board.
"We cannot just pick up and
decide what is a quorum. The law
tells us what is a quorum. So because
we have to abide by the law we have
to grant a licence after a quorum of
the council meets. We are not getting
the quorum to sit."
In the case of a new pharmacy
awaiting a licence, Rahaman said
that matter has to be considered,
approved and granted.
Ali: What criteria was used?
Yesterday, Ali asked how come
certain drugstores were granted
licences in May.
he said one drugstore in Montrose
was opened after being given a
renewal, even though there was no
Another in Sangre Grande also
got its licence.
"So tell me, if you are granting
these people licences why don t you
give everybody above board. What
criteria he (Rahaman) used to grant
those licences in the absence of a
meeting of the council?"
Khan: Games cannot continue
Khan said from what he under-
stands Rahaman has been allegedly
sending invitations to some of the
appointees and not all.
He said the problem has to be
"At the end of the day these kinds
of games cannot continue."
Khan said the pharmacy board
legislation does not give him much
assistance in disciplining. He intends
to amend this.
Stating that this matter has gone
too far, Khan said people should not
be held to ransom by regulatory bod-
ies.Admitting that his wife ( Bhagan-
Khan) was appointed by the board,
Khan defended her by saying she is
a medical doctor.
"Is this a conflict of interest? I
don t think this is. The medical board
chose her, I can t. I have no juris-
diction over the board."
Asked if his wife is paid a salary,
Khan said she works "voluntarily to
make the pharmacy board look good."
Owner cries losses
Jean Rochard who owns Ready-
Pharm Ltd in El Socorro and is wait-
ing a licence for months now said
he was at his wits end.
Rochard said he has paid $36,000
in rent and is yet to open his busi-
Having pumped $250,000 into
his pharmacy, Rochard said he has
not made a cent thus far.
As 20 drugstores await licences...
War in pharmacy board over delay
Children receive soft drinks from one of the Tableland Officers during the treat
held at the station on Saturday by the Tableland Police District Community
Council. Clothing and foodstuff were distributed to the less fortunate in the
area as part of their outreach programme with snacks for the children/ On
hand for the event were Snr Supt Southern Division Cecil Santana, ASP San
Fernando CID Zamsheed Mohammed, Officer in charge of Tableland station Sgt
Rougier, Councillor for the area Bhim Sawh, President of the Community
Council Bhola Singh and police officers of the Tableland Police Station.
COMMUNITY OF CARING COPS
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