Crackdown Report

A total of 79 illegal pharmacies have been closed down by Pharmacy and Poisons Board in Western and Nyanza regions for flouting regulations. An intensified crackdown that began last Monday reveals that proprietors have left their registered pharmacies in the hands of unqualified medical personnel putting the lives of the public at risk. “Most of the outlets have absentee superintendents despite being licensed by the PPB,” the Director of Inspection, Surveillance and Enforcement, Dr. Jacinta Wasike said on Thursday during a media briefing in Kisumu. 
Dr. Wasike advised members of the public to use the Health Safety Code which, is displayed in registered pharmaceutical outlets to verify the legality of the premise before buying medicines. “We are encouraging members of the public to verify the status of the outlets by sending SMS to 21031 free of charge and you will a status report,” she added. 
She also directed all pharmacies with expired drugs to safely quarantine them and liaise with regional inspectors for safe disposal. She said the Board has distributed mini-labs in various regional offices to randomly sample drugs to ensure their safety and efficacy and called for closer collaboration from all stakeholders.
The routine inspections and crackdowns are regularly conducted to ensure all pharmacies are operated by qualified/registered personal and also to ensure the safety and efficacy of drugs on sale in the market. “We train health professionals on how to identify poor quality drugs and have hotlines that clients can call and report suspicious product,’’ the Director noted.

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The Director Inspection Surveillance and Enforcement Dr. Jacinta Wasike displays a health code where members of the public can confirm the authenticity of pharmacies to wade off illegal practitioners. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is correcting carrying out surveillance of health facilities in the Western Kenya region. (Photo by KNA).