Over 70 Arrested In Illegal Chemists Crackdown

Written By John Mutiso  📝

Following a sting operation by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) at least 70 people have been arrested and are being prosecuted in various courts in the Lower Eastern and Nairobi areas.

The investigation, which began on March 28 in the Lower Eastern and Nairobi areas with the goal of capturing unlawful pharmaceutical practices, has so far resulted in the seizure of 113 cartons of various Health Products and Technologies (HPTs) identified on illegal premises.

“We conducted a crackdown on illegal chemists, medicine hawkers, clinics, herbal medicine stores and cosmetic shops stocking medicament containing preparations disguised as cosmetics,” Kaluai Julius, head of Enforcement and Surveillance, said. 

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The agency also said many illegal chemists had emerged within Mlolongo and Kangundo road areas.

Some of the clinics were found to be run by unqualified pharmaceutical personnel.

Kaluai also added that the seized medicines will be analyzed and disposed of as guided by the issued court orders.

Some of the charges preferred to those found in violation include; Possession of part I poisons while not being an authorized seller of poisons, running a pharmacy without having required licenses or a qualified practician, and handling poisons on unregistered premises. 

The board however said that it aims to carry out stakeholder engagement and sensitization on the PPB mandate focusing on the key players involved in the criminal justice systems such as ODPP and the judicial officers.

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