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Crackdown on fake medicine

21 February 2012, 13:48 Tony Ndungu Karomo

South African based Dawanol pharmaceutical company Adcock Ingram last week staged a major crackdown in Meru town and arrested six medical practitioners and impounded more than 500 packets of counterfeit drugs of a similar brand.

According to the Managing Executive Director of the Adcock Ingram Kofi Amegashie, the crackdown was prompted by the decrease of sale by over 60 percent.

He noted that the company which is the original owners of Dawanol trademark has vowed to carry out the operation in all major towns in the country to eradicate the counterfeit painkiller drugs in all medical practitioners’ chemists.

 “We have realized that the former patent owner of Dawanol tablets who are Dawa Limited, are manufacturing the painkillers behind our backs yet they should have seized the act after we bought the product from them”, he said.

The director accused the kiosk and chemist operators for intentionally purchasing the counterfeit Dawanol yet they know the company no longer makes the brand.

He also added that, rebranding the medicine is underway a move he said will make it easier for sellers and buyers to distinguish between counterfeits and genuine products.

Those who were arrested were arraigned in a Meru court and charged for contravening Section 32 of the Anti counterfeits Act of 2008 which prohibits anyone from trading in counterfeits products.

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