Source: Nairobi Star
29 July 2011
The Pharmacy and Poison Board has warned chemists and pharmacies against selling nine banned drugs manufactured by an Indian company. Aglowmed East Africa Company, a firm based in India, is said to be illegally supplying the drugs. The board conducted an inspection tour of the company facilities on November 23 and 24, 2009 and declared that the company did not meet minimum standards.
Yesterday, the head of the board Dr Kipkerich Koskei said all chemists and pharmacies are being inspected and those found to be selling banned drugs would be prosecuted. “We are tired of losing lives due to wrong prescriptions or drugs that do not meet the standards. Anyone found selling the drugs shall be subjected to the law accordingly,” he said.
He added that although reports from the inspectors show that none of the products are currently in the market, more inspections would take place to ensure the practise is stamped out completely.Aglowmed’s products were registered in Kenya before the introduction of new drug registration guidelines in March last year. The guidelines made it mandatory for all pharmaceutical companies trading in Kenya be subjected to current good manufacturing practice before authorisation is issued.
The drugs were seized from the market after a routine inspection as they were believed to be part of the old stock. They includeSyrup Becoryl Syrup, Pancef, Pancef Dry Syrup, Anglopaz, Instaryl, Lizomed Dry Syrup, Pancef Injection vials and BNC . Koskei added that the Aglowmed has so far submitted the original drug registration certificates upon withdrawal of the products but permission to resume supplies will only be reissued on after compliance with the board’s standards.