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Pharmacy board closes 100 chemists in Rift Valley

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Over 100 illegal pharmacies have been closed in Rift Valley in an ongoing crackdown by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

The board says the operation that has led to the arrest of 30 people is in response to unlawful pharmaceutical activities in the region.

The National Drug Regulatory added that the individuals will face charges related to illegal distribution, sale and possession of pharmaceuticals. 120 cartons of assorted pharmaceuticals have been seized.

“These decisive actions follow a comprehensive investigation into unlawful practices within the pharmaceutical industry, including the illegal sale of prescription medications, fraudulent activities involving government drugs, and unlicensed pharmaceutical distribution channels” said the CEO Fred Siyoi.

“The Board remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding public health and ensuring the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain. The proliferation of illicit pharmaceuticals poses a significant threat to public health and safety” he added in a statement.

The enforcement operation took place between June 3rd to June 7th, 2024, in collaboration with the National Police Service, targeting various locations known for their involvement in illegal pharmaceutical activities.

“The Board is dedicated to eliminating these activities and holding accountable those who endanger consumer well-being. Through meticulous surveillance and intelligence gathering, the Board has identified and dismantled numerous criminal pharmaceutical enterprises” the Siyoi said.

The Board further hailed support and collaboration from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“The Board is committed to continue monitoring and enforcing compliance within the pharmaceutical industry by ensuring that, only safe and legitimate medications are available to the public. Consumers are urged to exercise caution when purchasing pharmaceuticals and to obtain medications only from licensed and reputable sources” he appealed.

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