TMDA impounds fake drugs worth over 12m/-

15Nov 2019
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
TMDA impounds fake drugs worth over 12m/-

THE Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) has impounded some counterfeit essential drugs worth more than 12m/-. The seized drugs include Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine-SP used in the treatment of Malaria.

Acting TMDA director-general Akida Khea said the authority conducted special inspection last month after it received information of availability of substandard and counterfeit medicines in the East African Community member states.

The seizure of the fake drugs was made possible after a thorough inspection by TMDA in partnership with the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) and Pharmacy Council of Tanzania between October 8-18 aimed at assessing the quality and authenticity of drugs and medical supplies at the market place across the country.

He said: “Other fake drugs include Sonadem Cream 10gm, Gentrisone Cream 10gm, ALPRIM, Homidium Chloride, Cold Cap and TEMEVAC NDV strain 1 and 2.”

During the inspection TMDA also seized a bunch of drugs and medical supplies worth over 700, 000/- which were sold at private pharmacies while their labels indicated that they were properties of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

"The culprits use the genuine names of medicines in forged labels to fake medicine with the purpose of making people believing that the medicines are certified for the human use," said Khea.

Alekunda Urio from police headquarters-investigation department also said that all the suspects whose phamacies were found with counterfeit medicines, substandard medical devices and unregistered medicines were arrested and will soon be taken to court.

TMDA conducted the inspection in collaboration with President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) in 33 districts in 20 regions.

About 209 pharmacies, 263 Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlet (ADDO), 27 health centres, 21 medical devices shops and 38 herbal and alternative medicines were inspected during the impromptu operations.

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