New high tech medicines factories to cut imports, save money, TMDA

30Jul 2020
Devota Mwachang'a
Morogoro
The Guardian
New high tech medicines factories to cut imports, save money, TMDA

THE Tanzania Medical and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) has said that construction of 16 new high tech medicines and medical devices factories in the country will cut imports and save billions of money spent annually to purchase the products outside the country.

TMDA’s Acting Director (Medical Products Control) Akida Khea.

Speaking yesterday during the one-day seminar for journalists, TMDA’s Acting Director (Medical Products Control) Akida Khea said that construction of the new factories have already started and that authorities have started receiving application forms from investors wishing to start producing the products.

“Currently there are 14 registered local industries among them seven are pharmaceutical industries, two veterinary and five producing medical devices. Only six percent of medicines consumed in the country are produced locally while 94 percent are imported from different countries including Kenya and India,” he noted.

Khea said the factories will manufacture injection medicine of Sterile Small Volume Parenteral (SVP) and Large Volume Parenteral (LVP), sterile ophthalmic, topical preparations, veterinary vaccines, general oral solid forms and oral liquids.

“The authority will continue to fulfill the aspirations of the fifth phase government by encouraging and overseeing the establishment of new and existing industries to implement the country’s industrialisation policy,” he said.

He said: “We’ve 16 investors who have requested for premises registration and business permits for proposes of manufacturing medical devices at the constructed plant.”

He also said TMDA has established and registered other 70 factories for manufacturing of disposable face masks and 73 for production of hand sanitisers.

According to Khea, the authority’s effort is to ensure the factories meet criteria of Good Management Practices (GMP) aiming at giving expert consultation on useful machines and devices for production and capacity building to technical personnel before starting the projects.

Morogoro Regional Assistant Administrative Secretary, Anza-Amen Ndossa urged media houses to cooperate with TMDA in enforcing laws by educating the public on the importance of maintaining quality in products.

TMDA Acting Director General, Adam Fimbo said TMDA changed in 2019 after amendments made to the Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Chapter 219 through Finance Act No. 8 where all matters relating to the regulation of food and cosmetics were transferred to the Standards Act which also created the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).

After the changes, TMDA’s responsibilities and its differences with TBS at present have been less understood by the communities and stakeholders.

“Following the situation the authority see it better to educate journalists on TMDA law and responsibilities in regulating the safety, quality and effectiveness of medicines, medical devices and reagents; in order to enable them educate the public in general through their media houses,” said Fimbo.

He said the new factories which their construction have reached at a good stage are Biotec Laboratories Ltd Kibaha, Coast region (Veterinary Oral liquids & Powder), Vista Pharma Ltd (General OSD & Oral liquids); Hester Biosciences Africa Ltd Kibaha, Coast region (Veterinary Vaccines); Afrikana Pharmaceuticals Ltd Mkuranga, Coast region General topical formulations); Alfa Pharmaceuticals Ltd Mbagala, Temeke, Dar es Salaam; (General large volume parenterals /IV fluids); Kairuki Pharmaceuticals Industry Ltd Zegereni, Kibaha Coast region (large volume parenterals/IV fluids).

Others are Novel Vaccines and Biological company ltd (NOVABI) Kihonda Morogoro (Veterinary vaccines); Farm Access Limited Ngaramtoni , Arusha, Cure Afya Pharmaceuticals Ltd Kimbiji, Kigamboni Dar es Salaam (Large volume Parenteral/IV fluids); Emedics Pharmaceuticals Ltd Kerege, Bagamoyo, Coast region (Topical preparation and OSD); Vine Vision Infusion Ltd Mashono, Arusha (Sterile eye drops); National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Mabibo External (herbal medicines); Pristine Manufacturing Co Ltd Kipawa, Ilala Dar es Salaam (Medical face Masks); Medrix (Bahari Pharmacy) Kipawa, Ilala Dar es Salaam (Safety boxes & Medical gauze); Winsbert Technologies Co Ltd Mtoni Kijichi, Temeke Dar es Salaam (Plaster of Paris (POP)’ & Orthopedic pads); Rays Co Ltd Ubungo, Dar es Salaam (Medical gauze).