TMDA vows crackdown on smuggling of banned drugs

06Jan 2021
The Guardian
TMDA vows crackdown on smuggling of banned drugs

​​​​​​​TANZANIA Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) has vowed to conduct a crackdown in all border areas aimed at controlling the importation of banned drugs, medical devices, reagents as well erectile dysfunction medication.

​​​​​​​Mitango Fimbo.

Mitango Fimbo, TMDA Director gave the notice here yesterday during his visit that aimed to inspect medicines seized by the authority in collaboration with the police.

He said there was rampant trade by unfaithful dealers who sell banned medicines that were being smuggled into the country, adding that the network was huge in many areas and which the authority was already mobilised to control.

“TMDA, working together with the police have arrested a dealer selling banned drugs that are harmful to human beings, the vehicle used to transport the drugs has also been seized by the police,” Fimbo said, adding that all those who will be found engaging themselves in the racket will face legal action including prosecution on economic sabotage charges whose penalty is five years in jail.

He said TMDA also continues with its investigations to identify the criminal network engaged in distribution and selling of expired drugs but which the expired dates are extended thereby endangering the lives of the people. 

He added that they have various means to change the appearance of the medicines which they later distribute to customers.

He warned the practice by some traders who deal in drugs that are normally dispensed by the government and which are not supposed to be sold in private pharmacies. Read

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