Pharmacy team audits medicine outlets in Wajir
‘We want to partner with county hospital management to check quality of drugs’
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.
Pharmacy and Poisons Board Northeastern director Ali Omar at a Garissa hotel on August 31