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Kenya goes digital in stemming rising fake drugs

Some of the counterfeit drugs estimated to value over Sh5 million shillings netted within Nairobi go up in flames. An electronic reporting system, a suite of software applications for collection and processing of information on suspected adverse drug reactions and suspected poor quality medicinal products, has been launched in Kenya on Tuesday. PHOTO/ FILE
Some of the counterfeit drugs estimated to value over Sh5 million shillings netted within Nairobi go up in flames. An electronic reporting system, a suite of software applications for collection and processing of information on suspected adverse drug reactions and suspected poor quality medicinal products, has been launched in Kenya on Tuesday. PHOTO/ FILE 

An electronic reporting system, a suite of software applications for collection and processing of information on suspected adverse drug reactions and suspected poor quality medicinal products, has been launched in Kenya on Tuesday.

Known as the Kenya Pharmacovigilance Electronic Reporting System (PV-ERS), the system is being implemented by Kenya's Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and is the first of its kind in the world to be introduced by health care workers.

"It enables all consumers, health workers, pharmaceutical companies to electronically submit adverse drug reactions and poor quality medicinal drugs," Chief Pharmacists Dr. Kosgei Kipkerich told journalists in Nairobi on Tuesday.

Kipkerich noted that the system consists of a web application and a set of downloadable applications for computers and hand held mobile devices.

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