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Several convicted for selling substandard and counterfeit Drugs

(L – R) Mr. Samuel Kyomukama, NDA Head of Enforcement, Mr. Nasser Lubowa, Ag. Head of post-market surveillance flanked by Frederick Ssekyana, the Agency PRO as he displays the counterfeit drugs on the market. (PHOTO Abraham MUTALYEBWA)

KAMPALA – National Drug Authority has, on Thursday, July 25, displayed several substandard and counterfeit drugs that are being circulated in the market and warned that there will be severe consequences for those found selling them.

While speaking at a press conference, officials from the drug regulator listed: Augmentin™ (Amoxicillin/ Clavulanic purported to be manufactured by GSK, Postinor 2 (Levonogestre) – with different secondary and primary packages and Quinine Bisulphate containing metronidazole which are detrimental to human life.

In addition, NDA secured a conviction against Deo Mburakaye of Masajja, a Kampala suburb on Salama road on Monday, July 23, to a 10 years’ imprisonment following various counts;

  • 1st Count- possession of classified drugs contrary to section (27) – 3 years.
  • 2nd Count – selling of drugs in unlicensed premises contrary to section (14) (3) of the NDA Act (CAP, 206) section 16 – 3 years.
  • 3rd Count – Possession of stolen property contrary to section 314 of the penal code Act (Cap) 120 – 3 years
  • 4th Count – Unlawful possession of government stores contrary to section 316 penal code Act Cap (120) – 1 year.

Mburakaye was among the 16 culprits arrested during the night operations mounted on April 17, 2019, in the areas of Nalumunye, Kitemu, Salama, Kyanja, Rubaga and Nansana.

Over 106 boxes of assorted medicines were impounded from five homes of which she was found with 18 boxes of the 91 impounded embossed “Govt of Uganda Not for Sale”.

The hearing of other cases for the rest is on-going namely; George Makubya of Rubaga, Frank Namanya and Onesmus Nimuhwezi from Nansana, Nalongo Deborah Nalule and Joseph Babihize of Kyanja.

Mr. Nasser Lubowa, the Ag head of post-market surveillance at the Authority cautioned the public to be very vigilant with the medicines acquired cheaply and also endeavour to report any suspicious characters to their offices.

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