35 people arrested, 50 chemists closed during crackdown on stolen medicines

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35 people arrested, 50 chemists closed during crackdown on stolen medicines

The Pharmacy and poisons board on Sunday May 19, 2024 revealed a network of individuals involved in the theft and illegal distribution of essential medicines from government stores without licenses.

For instance, during a crackdown on stolen medicines in Kajiado County, 35 offenders were arrested and 50 premises shut down for flouting various regulations.

In a statement, the board explained that it was committed in its role of dismantling illegal pharmaceutical practices across the country.

According to the board, it uncovered a syndicate involved in the pilferage of government stores within Kajiado County with the help of police officers.

“These illegal entities were found to be unlicensed, dispensing medications without the necessary licenses and approvals from the Board.

“This extensive investigation was launched following alarming reports of medicine shortages in public healthcare facilities within the region,” read part of statement from the board. 

The inquiry has so far revealed a network of individuals involved in the theft and illegal distribution of these essential medicines.

The stolen pharmaceuticals were found in unlicensed chemists, posing serious health risks to the public due to their unregulated handling and distribution. 

Additionally, the government agency noted that several people were arrested during a crackdown on medicines in wrong hands.

“Several individuals have been arrested in connection with these illegal activities. The commodities have been confiscated for use as exhibits during prosecution,” the agancy stated. 

In parallel, the Board, through sustained routine enforcement and surveillance strategies, has seized 150 cartons of assorted health products and technologies. 

The ongoing operation reflects the unwavering commitment of the Board to protect the public from the dangers posed by illegal pharmaceutical activities.

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