77 chemists shut down in Rift Valley

Some of the pharmacies were selling fake and expired drugs

pharmacy and poisons board officials addressing the media in Nakuru

77 chemists shut down in Rift Valley

By Jackson Okata

The pharmacy and poisons board has closed down 77 pharmacies operating illegally within the south and North Rift regions.

Speaking in Nakuru, the board’s senior drugs inspector Julius Kaluai said that the closed premises were found to be flouting industry rules, including sale of fake and expired drugs.

He said that the closure included 40 arrests being made within the north rift region while 37 were arrested within the South Rift region.

Kaluai noted that so far two people have been sentenced to three months and two years respectively by a Kericho court.

The two were found to be operating an unregistered pharmacy.

The senior inspector called on the public to help them hand down quack pharmacists who he said have flooded the industry.

At the same time, he warned those supplying medicines to unregistered pharmacies that the board is profiling them and that soon they will be de-registered

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