Phar­macy team au­dits medicine out­lets in Wa­jir

‘We want to part­ner with county hospi­tal man­age­ment to check qual­ity of drugs’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The Phar­macy and Poi­sons Board is au­d­ing county hos­pi­tals to de­ter­mine whether the fa­cil­i­ties have medicine that meets stan­dards.

Ad­dress­ing the press in Wa­jir town yes­ter­day, North­east­ern PPB direc­tor Ali Omar said the board sus­pects some drugs are not reg­is­tered.

He said some hard­ware sup­pli­ers also dis­trib­ute medicine.

Omar said sub­stan­dard drugs risk pa­tients’ lives.

“We want to part­ner with the county hospi­tal man­age­ment to check on the qual­ity of drugs sup­plied. Kenya Med­i­cal Sup­plies Agency is the pri­mary provider of medicines,” he said.

Omar urged county hos­pi­tals to con­sult the Phar­macy and Poi­sons Board to en­sure cor­rect drugs and med­i­cal sup­plies are is­sued.

He said the board is the only agency that re­views drug sup­pli­ers. It has the ex­per­tise to man­age pro­cure­ment of medicines and med­i­cal sup­plies.

The of­fi­cials is­sued posters show­ing that phama­cies are reg­is­tered.

In Garissa, six premises with­out phar­macy li­cences have been closed since the drive started last month. The board will come up with safety codes to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on il­le­gal premises and out­lets.

/ STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Phar­macy and Poi­sons Board North­east­ern direc­tor Ali Omar at a Garissa ho­tel on Au­gust 31

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