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PPB arrests 97 in a Central region crackdown
Central, June 04, 2021- Ninety-seven (97) people have been arrested and arraigned in various courts and charged with various offenses during a crackdown on illegal pharmaceutical outlets in Central region. 



The operation which was led by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board Deputy Director of Inspectorate, Dr. Dominic Kariuki has seen 118 illegal chemists closed down and 149 cartons of assorted medicines seized. 
The list of the targeted illegal chemists was arrived at from surveillance and mapping exercise carried out by PPB officers, said Dr. Kariuki adding that all the seized medicines have been handed over to Pharmacy and Poisons Board for necessary tests to be carried out and for safe disposal. 
Dr. Kariuki thanked the Police Service and Judiciary for enhancing fines charged on those found guilty of malpractices. “These enhanced fines will act as a deterrent for those who engage in illegal activities as they are a danger to public health” he noted.
The accused persons who pleaded guilty have been fined up to Ksh.250,000 or jail term of 18 months, he said.  Details of all the non-compliant outlets have been shared with the regional commissioner for enforcement of closure. 
PPB would like to issue a stern warning to licensed wholesalers of drugs who are supplying illegal chemists. “Those professionals who have been identified engaging in these illegalities have been summoned for necessary disciplinary actions” Dr. Kariuki said. 
The Board has also distributed minilabs to its regional offices for random sampling and testing of medicines in the market to ensure that medicines in the Kenyan market are of good quality, safe and efficacious.
PPB is notifying public and private healthcare facilities and those who handle pharmaceuticals to apply online through website www.pharmacyboardkenya.org for disposal of any pharmaceutical waste that they may have or get in touch with PPB regional officers.
 
Members of the public are advised to use health safety codes displayed in registered pharmacy outlets to verify legality of the premises. Send SMS free of charge to 21031.
The exercise was carried out by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board Drug Inspectors in conjunction with the National Police Service from May 31, 2021 and covered the counties of Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Nyandarua.

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