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Pharmacy and Poisons Board Shuts Down 100 Chemists, Arrests 30 in Rift Valley Crackdown

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has shut down 100 unlicensed chemists and arrested 30 individuals as part of a major crackdown on illegal pharmaceutical activities in the Rift Valley region. This operation also resulted in the seizure of 120 cartons of assorted pharmaceuticals.

In a statement released on Monday, June 10, 2024, the Board highlighted its intensified efforts to curb illegal pharmaceutical practices. The crackdown followed a thorough investigation into activities such as the unauthorized sale of prescription medications, fraudulent distribution of government drugs, and unlicensed pharmaceutical distribution channels.

“The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has intensified its crackdown on illegal pharmaceutical activities in the Rift Valley region, resulting in over 30 arrests and the seizure of 120 cartons of assorted pharmaceuticals. More than 100 unlicensed chemists have been shut down as part of the Board’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and efficacy of medical products and health technologies,” the statement read.

Fred Siyoi, CEO of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, emphasized the significant threat posed by illicit pharmaceuticals to public health and safety. “The proliferation of illicit pharmaceuticals poses a significant threat to public health and safety. We are dedicated to eliminating these activities and holding accountable those who endanger consumer well-being.”

Siyoi added that the closure of 100 chemists in the Rift Valley region aims to disrupt the illicit supply chain and prevent further harm to the public. He reiterated the Board’s commitment to extensive monitoring and enforcement within the pharmaceutical industry, ensuring that only approved pharmaceuticals reach consumers.

“We urge consumers to exercise caution when purchasing pharmaceuticals and to obtain medications only from licensed and reputable sources,” Siyoi stated.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board’s actions are part of a broader strategy to safeguard public health by ensuring compliance with pharmaceutical regulations and cracking down on illegal activities in the sector.

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