Illegal Pharmaceutical Activities Cracked Down in Rift Valley

By Tajeu Shadrack Nkapapa

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has intensified its crackdown on illegal pharmaceutical activities in the Rift Valley region, resulting in over 30 arrests and the seizure of 120 cartons of assorted pharmaceuticals.

More than 100 unlicensed chemists have been shut down as part of the Board’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and efficacy of medical products and health technologies.

The operations undertaken at the beginning of this month were executed in partnership with the National Police Service.

These initiatives follow an extensive inquiry into illicit activities such as unauthorized sale of prescription drugs, fraudulent schemes related to government medications, and the unauthorized distribution of pharmaceuticals.

“The proliferation of illicit pharmaceuticals poses a significant threat to public health and safety,” said Dr. F. M. Siyoi, CEO of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

“We are dedicated to eliminating these activities and holding accountable those who endanger consumer well-being,” the CEO added.

The Board’s operations have dismantled multiple criminal enterprises involved in the illegal pharmaceutical trade and intelligence gathering.

The arrested individuals are facing charges related to the illegal distribution, sale, and possession of pharmaceuticals.

The crackdown also saw significant support and collaboration from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, ensuring that those involved in these unlawful activities are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The closure of over 100 rogue pharmacies is expected to disrupt the illicit supply chain and prevent further harm to the public.

The Board assures its commitment to ongoing monitoring and enforcement within the pharmaceutical industry, guaranteeing that only safe and legitimate medications are available to consumers.

“We urge consumers to exercise caution when purchasing pharmaceuticals and to obtain medications only from licensed and reputable sources,” added Dr. Siyoi.