The focus in the fight against quack medicine suppliers and pharmacists will now shift to wholesalers supplying drugs to the said dealers.

Kenya Pharmaceuticals Association of Kenya chairman Peter Mogere said administration of wrong medication is the third leading cause of death.

“We will have to deal with wholesalers supplying the drugs to these quacks because the life of the public is at risk,” he said on Thursday.

He spoke amid concerns over mushrooming unlicensed pharmacies, especially in residential estates, majority of which are operated by individuals who lack training in pharmacy.

 More than 700 illegal pharmaceutical outlets in Nairobi and the South Rift have been shut down since 2016. Some 664 operators have been charged in court and their products confiscated.

In Nyanza and Western, 84 arrests were made and 95 pharmacies closed. 

“We have introduced a zoning systems being piloted in Nairobi, once we find it to be effective we will extent it to other counties,” Mogere said. 


He added that the association has mapped chemist owners and expect them to alert the agencies of operations by quacks. 

He, however, blamed impostor inspectors who pose challenges to the fight against illegal pharmacies. 

Health CS Sicily Kariuki earlier maintained that the crackdown on illegal medicine retailers and supplies will continue.

She ordered the closure of all unlicensed chemists as well as those without the Pharmacy and Poisons Board certification.

The minister spoke during the opening the Horn of Africa Pharmaceuticals Conference and Expo in Nairobi on Wednesday. 

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