Medicines Track System Underway← Back
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Nairobi, KENYA July 23, 2019 -The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) is currently working on medicines track and trace system that will ensure that all medical products and health technologies in the market have a tracing number.
The system which is being developed in partnership with stakeholders will make it easy for the Board to identify the country of origin, manufacturer and batch of medical products and health technologies.
The revelations were made today by the PPB, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. F.M. Siyoi during a media roundtable event at a Nairobi Hotel.
The CEO said PPB is now making waves internationally as a center of excellence as per the recognition by the Regional Centre for Regulatory Excellence (RCORE) in Pharmacovigilance by NEPAD under the African Medicines Harmonization Project.
“The digital pharmacovigilance system (VIGIFLOW) is now a benchmark for good pharmacovigilance practices. Countries such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan have visited our offices for benchmarking.,” he noted.
Currently, Kenya is the sixth African Country in reporting individual case safety reports (ICSRs) to the international database and is the Lead country in Pharmacovigilance and Post Marketing Surveillance within the East Africa Harmonization under the AMRH initiatives.
He also noted that the Board has embraced the use of ICT in strengthening regulatory activities becoming the first drug regulatory authority in Africa with online systems with for regulation of medical products in accordance with the world health organization (WHO) regulatory documentation package and other relevant International guidelines and standards.
Among the systems the Board has embraced are the handheld Raman Spectrometersused bypharmaceutical inspectors to conduct instant drug tests at the ports of entry as well as during routine inspectionsand application of GPS based registration process for premisesand their location.
“Use of ICT, such as availing reporting tools online, has made it easy for Kenyans to report ADRs,” he noted.
Currently, theregulation of the pharmacy professional is online and the Board has alsorolled out a Health Safety Code 21031that allows Kenyans to verify registration status of the premises and that of superintendents before purchasing medicines.
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