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Regulators roll out new rule in war on fake medicines

Fake drugs are common in Kenya. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Fake drugs are common in Kenya. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Regulators have directed pharmaceutical drug importers to obtain pre-shipment licences in a bid to seal loopholes for counterfeits.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) have partnered to enforce the new requirement that also affects food supplements, medical devices, herbal products and medical cosmetics.

Importers have to obtain Certificates of Conformity (CoC) for their cargo before applying for import permits from the PPB through the Kenya National Single Window Electronic (Kentrade) System.