National Drug Authority Shuts Down Unlicensed Drug Outlets in Southwestern Uganda

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The National Drug Authority (NDA) in Uganda has undertaken a compliance enforcement operation resulting in the closure of 150 unlicensed drug outlets across nine districts in Southwestern Uganda. Additionally, the operation led to the impounding of 340 boxes of assorted medicines valued at over Shs 85 million.

The enforcement operation, which spanned five days, targeted districts including Ibanda, Isingiro, Kamwengye, Kitagwenda, Kiruhura, Ntungamo, Mbarara, Kasese, Rwampara, and Mbarara City. The NDA took action against drug outlets operating without proper licenses and those employing unqualified medical personnel.

The Head of Enforcement at the National Drug Authority, Mr. Samuel Kyomukama, highlighted that the operation aimed to safeguard public health by ensuring adherence to regulations governing the sale and distribution of medicines and healthcare products. Unlawfully operating drug outlets were promptly ordered to close down.

Mr. Kyomukama emphasized the importance of purchasing drugs only from licensed pharmacies and drug shops. He urged the public to remain vigilant and report any individuals suspected of involvement in drug-related crimes.

Dr. Ronald Mujuni, the Mbarara District Veterinary Officer, raised concerns about the sale of unlicensed veterinary drugs. He called on the NDA to address this issue and urged the enforcement of licensing guidelines to ensure the safety of both human and animal drugs.

Dr. Keneth Kiiza, the South Western Uganda Regional Inspector of Drugs, noted that the enforcement efforts have yielded positive outcomes, with numerous drug shops registering their outlets with the NDA. He revealed that the number of licensed pharmacies and drug shops in the region has seen a significant increase, demonstrating improved compliance.

Mr. Abiaz Rwamwiri, the National Drug Authority Communications Officer, explained that the enforcement operations aim to uphold NDA rules and guidelines, ensuring that drugs in the market adhere to required standards. He expressed the authority’s determination to address repeat offenders who attempt to circumvent regulations.

The NDA’s enforcement operation reflects its commitment to promoting public health and maintaining high standards in the distribution and sale of medicines and healthcare products.

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