Minister of Economic Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Halkitis responded to action taken by members of the Bahamas Pharmaceutical Association to close their doors on November 1st.

The Minister spoke to reporters outside of cabinet. “We understand that there is some concern about complete implementation of the amendments…there was some concern about people being afraid of the fines but we want to stress that we expect complete implementation. We are prepared for those who are in the middle of implementation might need a few days to make sure that they have completely implemented the amendments. We are prepared to forego enforcement. But we are not prepared to countenance total disregard for the law and taking a stance as if they will not implement at all.”

Halkitis said that the government is not prepared to countenance a disregard for the law and that there are consequences under the law should they take the position that they will disregard the law.