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15 Arrested As Illegal Pharmacies Are Closed By National Drug Authority

15 Arrested As Illegal Pharmacies Are Closed By National Drug Authority

Assorted medicines valued at about shs104m has been confiscated by the National Drug Authority. While at this, they closed nine pharmacies for carrying out illegal operations.

This all went down during a 14-day compliance enforcement exercise in the eastern region of Uganda. The districts affected include Pallisa, Budada, Tororo, Mbale, kapchorwa, Malaba and Tororo.

During this operation, 15 people were as well arrested for the illegal operation of these pharmacies. The closed pharmacies included R$T Pharmacy, Obaz Pharmacy, Chriskulang Pharmacy, Spectus Pharmacy, and Watini Investment Pharmacy,  among others.

The NDA head of enforcement, Mr Samuel Kayomukama, said these pharmacies were not licensed to operate.

“Those who are still operating without a licence should halt all operations until the requirements are fulfilled,” he said.

The operation majorly aimed at curbing cases of theft of government drugs and employing unqualified workers according to Mr. Festus Manifu.

Pharmacy proprietors were further urged to always have their licenses renewed in time to avoid such inconveniences.

“We ask the public to be vigilant and report anyone suspected to be involved in drug theft,” Mr Abiaz Rwamwiri, the public relations manager of NDA said.

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