On Friday, officials from the agency captured drugs worth Shill 2 million that were smuggled into the country across the borders of Uganda and Tanzania.
The drugs smuggled through Namanga, Loitoktok, Busia and Malaba public transport transports company vehicles and private cars. According to Julius Kaluai, the agency’s chief drug inspector, most drugs are unregistered in the country and those who transported the drugs had no records showing where they picked up the drugs and where they went.
The drugs seized included antibiotics, analgesics (pain relievers), cough syrups and diagnostic equipment.
“Most of the drugs seized are not registered in Kenya. Although they are registered in neighboring countries, they are illegal in Kenya. This can be dangerous for many Kenyans considering they are fake, “said Mr. Kaluai.
Recently the board of directors closed 40 illegal and unlicensed pharmacies in Nairobi County and the surrounding area. According to the supervisory authority, there are people posing as pharmacists in many premises, not just in Nairobi. The raid closed 29 facilities in Pipeline and others in the Makadara region.
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The 2013 Kenyan Household Health Spending Survey found pharmacies to be the third most popular service provider for. are outpatient care after public health centers and pharmacies and public hospitals. It also found that one in ten Kenyans see a pharmacist instead of going to a hospital when they are ill, while 31 percent of Kenyans buy drugs over the counter without consulting a doctor.
The World Health The organization (WHO) defines counterfeit medicine as “one that is deliberately and fraudulently mislabelled as to its identity or source”. This includes both branded and generic drugs. It is estimated that around 100,000 deaths are linked to trafficking in counterfeit medicines in Africa every year.
The seized medicines have since been analyzed to verify their contents, as some either contain the wrong dose of active ingredient or even contain them at all none.
“We will monitor the export and import of drugs because some of our officials are also smuggling drugs into the countries mentioned. We will control the smuggling of illegal drugs through the porous borders by all means, “said Kaluai.
The import of drugs that are unsuitable for humans and violate without an import license violates the PPB rules and regulations.
Any company that transports medicines should ensure that they have the documents showing the source and the recipient. Otherwise, when intercepting the interception, inspectors will assume that the shipment is being trafficked.
The surge in illegal imports of unregistered drugs was mainly driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to remove some state agencies, including PPB, from the Deduction ports of entry.
The Senate Health Committee has questioned why PPB inspectors were kicked out of ports of entry in the past and claimed it was an obvious plan, some good to enable networked people to participate in the dubious business of sneaking in counterfeit drugs
Up to the President According to instructions, PPB officials checked all imported drugs at all ports of entry. Since the authorities are no longer allowed to operate in the ports, they are now relying heavily on market surveillance.
“Many companies from whom we had previously confiscated drugs are taking advantage of our absence. But we are determined, we will get them, they will not know when we will conduct intelligence inspections, “said an official who sought anonymity.
He added:” The Kenyan market is being used by so many ‘ unregulated ‘flooded’ or ‘briefcase’ importers who mainly use groupage. You are taking advantage of it. “