Updated on June 04, 2012: The Syrian Ministry of Health is looking for new sources of supplies for its medicines, including Iran and Cuba, in a bid to reduce its costs, save foreign currencies and circumvent sanctions.
Syria registered 23,000 new cases of cancer last year, an annual increase of 15 percent, according to the Ministry of Health.
The value of Syria’s production of medicines stood at USD 620 million in 2011, according to the Minister of Health.
The size of Syria’s health industry stood at SYP 138 billion in 2011, according to the Minister of Health, Wael Al-Halqi.
The Ministry of Health is working on a decision to reduce the regulatory limit on the distance separating two pharmacies to accommodate the establishment of more of them in the country.
Wael Al-Halqi, the newly-appointed Minister of Health, has announced that it was delegating some of his powers to health officials at the Governorate level in a bid to reduce bureaucracy.
The UNDP is launching a request for proposal (RFP) for the procurement of a Hospital Management Information System.
The European Union is granting EUR 15 million to Syria’s Ministry of Health to improve the country’s health infrastructure.
A new 70-bed private hospital has opened in Homs, providing the country’s third largest city with a new state of the art health facility.
In a story published on July 26 we had reported that Syria became in 2009 a major source of medicines entering the European market in violation of intellectual property rights, according to the European Commission Customs Office.
Syria was the 4th largest source of medicines and the 5th largest source of body care items intercepted in 2009 by the EU customs for infringement of intellectual property rights.
The Syrian-Qatari Holding, Syria's largest holding company, has announced the signing of a definitive shareholder agreement with the Syrian-American Medical Center for the co-development of a medical centre in Damascus.
A new decree issued by the Syrian President last week will help better trace pharmaceutical imports and combat the trade in fake drugs.
The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of people having died from swine flu in Syria has reached 150.
Syria’s Minister of Health, Rida Said, announced last week that the number of people having died from swine flu in Syria had reached 50.


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