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Kemsa now shifts blame on theft, sale of HIV drugs

SULFRAN-DS 960MG TABLETS, RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG
SULFRAN-DS 960MG TABLETS, RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG  

The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) has blamed two Kisumu hospitals for the theft and sale of donor-funded HIV medication.

Essential medicines, including antibiotics procured with the help of American aid agency USAid and meant for distribution by Kemsa for free, are some of the drugs that are illegally being sold in the market.

Kemsa acting chief executive Philip Omondi said the entire consignment of 4,776 packs of the Sulfran-DS was delivered to Kombewa Sub County Hospital (3,215) and Maseno Mission Hospital (1,561).

The sulfur-based antibiotic, mostly used to prevent opportunistic infections like pneumonia and urinary tract infections in patients whose immune systems have been compromised, is being sold at Sh120 per a pack of 100 tablets in Nairobi. This is despite bearing the “USAid/Kemsa Not for Resale” warning on every pack.

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