Crackdown on fake medicine
21 February 2012, 13:48
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
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
“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
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
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