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`Pharmacy And Poisons Board Closes Down Over 100 Rogue Chemists In The North Rift

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) has in response to unlawful pharmaceutical activities in the Rift Valley region undertaken a series of coordinated operations resulting in significant outcomes where over 30 arrests have been made, with 120 cartons of assorted pharmaceuticals seized and more than 100 rogue chemists closed.

PPB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fred Siyoi said that the individuals who have been arrested were facing charges related to illegal distribution, sale and possession of pharmaceuticals.

‘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 Siyoi.

In a statement to newsrooms, the CEO said that the Board remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding public health and ensuring the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Siyoi explained that the p
roliferation of illicit pharmaceuticals posed a significant threat to public health and safety as he assured that the Board is dedicated to eliminating these activities and holding accountable those who endanger consumer well-being.

‘The enforcement operation took place between June 3 – 7, 2024, in collaboration with the National Police Service, targeting various locations known for their involvement in illegal pharmaceutical activities. Through meticulous surveillance and intelligence gathering, the Board has identified and dismantled numerous criminal pharmaceutical enterprises,’ explained Siyoi.

He acknowledged the significant support and collaboration from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

‘Furthermore, the closure of over 100 rogue pharmacies will help disrupt the illicit supply chain and prevent further harm to the public,’ said Siyoi.

The CEO said that the Board is committed to continued monitoring and enforcing compliance within the pharmaceutical industry by ensuring that only sa
fe and legitimate medications were available to the public.

Consumers are urged to exercise caution when purchasing pharmaceuticals and to obtain medications only from licensed and reputable sources.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board functions as the National Drug Regulatory Authority within the Ministry of Health, established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act Cap 244 Laws of Kenya.

Its core responsibility is to regulate the practice of pharmacy and ensure the safety, quality, and efficacy of medical products and health technologies.

Source: Kenya News Agency