Govt destroys counterfeit drugs worth Sh40 million

By: ELIZABETH MERAB

The Ministry of Health and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board have destroyed counterfeit drugs worth Sh40 million.

The counterfeit drugs comprised of substandard, falsely labelled and spurious medicines referred to as SSFFC.

The ministry said that the 67,000Kgs of unapproved pharmaceutical products were stopped and quarantined at the ports of entry by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board’s inspectors after failing to meet set standards for pharmaceutical imports and exports.

“We have scaled up the war on counterfeits and are not about to relent in this fight.

“We shall not allow these drugs to find their way into the market,” said the Director of Medical Services, Dr Nicholas Muraguri.

Dr Muraguri said that the Pharmacy and Poisons Board has the capacity to supervise and monitor what is happening at the entry points and that is why the inspectors managed to confiscate the drugs.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION