Jordan has lately announced some amendments to the country’s Drug and Pharmacy Law. The amendments – which came into force as of 18 May 2015 – basically aim at implementing stricter penalties against the counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products and medicines. These include combining imprisonment and fines for counterfeiters and increasing the amount of fines to tenfold the value of the counterfeit products. The Food and Drug Administration – the authority responsible for ensuring drug and food safety – was also given wider jurisdiction with the right to shut down the violating establishments including outlets involved in the illegal sale of prescription medicines, such as beauty centres, fitness gyms, and herbal shops. (Jordan News Agency, 18 May 2015).