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Board urged to crackdown on fake drugs

26 July 2013, 16:08 Samuel Kisika

The Parliamentary Health Committee (PHC) has urged the Pharmacy and Poison Board (PPB) to crackdown on the mushrooming unlicensed chemists run by quacks and selling counterfeit over-the-counter un prescribed drugs.

Hon. Rachael Nyamae, the PHC Chairlady and the Kitui Central constituency Member of Parliament gave the directive during the Committee's meeting with the PPB top management stating that the counterfeit drugs imported from Tanzania are threatening lives of many Kenyans.

"Regulatory measures have to been taken immediately to curb the entry of counterfeit drugs from Tanzania, and close all chemists run by quacks who haven't even completed form four," said Nyamae.

The Committee stated that despite a lot of money having been collected from the health sector, the PPB's inspectorate has done nothing to eradicate quack chemists in the market. PPB boasts of having over 70 drugs inspection officers across the country.

Dr. Kosgei Kipkerich, the PPB Director, assured the Committee that immediate regulatory action was going to be taken to curb the counterfeit drugs from neighboring countries by setting up check-points at the borders, and ensuring that the Board's drugs inspectors work hard to eradicate quack businesses in the medical field.

Kipkerich said that the board has so far realized remarkable achievements especially in drugs monitoring and boasts the best rated board in Africa.

He further added that despite financial constraints that are hindering proper drugs inspection across the country, the board is going to hold seminars and workshops with trained and qualified Pharmacy personnel to identify businesses carried out by quacks in the medical sector and disband them.

The Committee urged the board to ensure it reaches the remote areas in the nation where many such illegal chemists are operating putting people at risks of contracting diabetes, hypertension and other diseases.

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