The joint operation conducted by the Ministry of Health and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) saw 67,000 kg of substandard, spurious, falsely labeled, falsified and counterfeits (SSFFC) medicines go up in flames.

wpid-6795213kg-of-drugs-burnt-in-katsina-2.jpgNicholas Muraguri, Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, said the pharmaceutical products which include anti-hypertensive, lifestyle drugs, anti-diabetic, cough syrups, antibiotics and analgesics (painkillers) were disposed off.

“Some of these drugs were nabbed at different points of entry and some made their way in illegally or were diverted from other markets. Some have expired,” Muraguri said.

“We are not going to tolerate illegal importation and illegal practice and sale of pharmaceutical products in this country,” he added.

Muraguri said that the drugs were confiscated by the PPB drug inspectors from distribution outlets, private chemists, public hospitals and warehouses, for non-compliance and poor storage conditions.

A survey in June revealed that among some 5,000 pharmaceutical outlets in Kenya, over 800 pharmacies were found to be selling illegal drugs.

The destruction comes after the drug regulatory body said it has acquired 11 mini laboratories to aid the rapid medicine quality verification against the substandard, falsified and counterfeit medicine detection.

The PPB said the portable laboratories worth 60,000 dollars have already been distributed to various ports of entry and regional sites to carry out routine screening of medicines.

PPB continuously monitors the quality of pharmaceutical products circulating in the Kenyan market so as to ensure that the citizens get the right quality of products.

Medical products imported into the country pass through designated Points of Entry where PPB officers, along with other border control agencies, are deployed to inspect and authorize imports and exports.

With the above equipment, PPB is now in a position to continuously monitor the quality of pharmaceutical products in the Kenyan market at a cost effective way. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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