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ZAMRA observes increase in theft of medicine

Zambia Medicines and Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has observed with concern an increase in theft of medicines in public health facilities and an influx in the number of illegal export, import and transportation of medical products.
ZAMRA Senior Public relations Officer Christabel Illiampu says as such, the Authority conducted destination inspection of pharmaceutical products in transit at Kafue Bridge check point with Zambia Police officers.

“The inspection focused on auditing of records of the medicines in transit as well as assessing the suitability of vehicles for transporting medicines and allied substances in accordance with Good Distribution Practices guidelines,” she said in a statement.

Ms. Illiampu disclosed that during the inspection assorted medicines including Lofnac Tablets, Chlorpheniramine, StopCold, Cold Care Tablets and Diclofenac were seized due to lack of proper documentation for medicine in transit.
She has since warned members of the public that illegal importation and exportation of medicines and allied substances, including failure to maintain records for medical products is an offence prosecutable by law.

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