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102 illegal chemists closed

The  Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) Head of Good Distribution practices and Ports of Entry, Dr. Dominic Kariuki (left) addressing the media  in Kisumu. Looking on is Dr. Washington Oloo, the PPB Nyanza Region boss on Friday December 20, 2019. Photo by KNA.

The  Pharmacy  and Poisons Board (PPB) has closed down 102 illegal chemists in Nyanza region following a crackdown on non-compliant outlets.

During  the  operation which kicked off on 16th December 2019, 56 people were arrested and their stocks seized.

Dr. Dominic Kariuki, the Head of Good Distribution Practices and Ports of entry at the Board said suspected government drugs were seized at a private chemist  in  Awasi town, adding that all the 56 suspects arrested in the swoop have been arraigned in court and charged.

Details  of  the non-compliant chemists, he said have been shared with the Regional Police Commander for enforcement of closure.

Speaking  to the media in Kisumu on Friday, Dr. Kariuki said the board was concerned with the rising number of unmarked chemists in the area, urging  members of the public to shun them and report the same for action to be taken.

Licensed  wholesalers of drugs who supply to the illegal chemists, he said have been put on notice.

Some  of the licensed chemists, he said have been left to be run by unqualified personnel, adding that the owners have been summoned for disciplinary action.

The  PPB, he disclosed has launched guidelines for good distribution practices, guidelines for transportation of pharmaceuticals and guidelines for safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste.

All pharmacies and hospitals with expired drugs, he said have been directed to quarantine them and contact the board for safe disposal.

The board, he added has distributed minilabs to its regional offices for random sampling and testing of medicines in the market to ensure drugs in the market are of good quality.

By  Chris  Mahandara

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