Security forces in the Kurdistan Region seized a large number of counterfeit medicines in the capital of Erbil and arrested at least two people for alleged sales of the products, a health official said on Monday.

“Drugs that claimed to treat cancer were being manufactured at a farm on the Erbil–Salahuddin Road,” said Hezha Anwar, the head of the Kurdistan Region’s drug control commission. The claims have “no scientific basis,” and the drugs were sold at USD 900 to 1,000 per package, she added.

Anwar affirmed that the security forces had made arrests related to the case, noting that investigations are continuing to find out the source and distributors of these drugs.

She cautioned citizens to purchase medicine only from pharmacies licensed by regional authorities.


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