More than 100 illegal pharmacies are operating in Uganda
The National Drug Authority has reported that it is still struggling to combat unlicensed pharmacies in the country with the list going up to 107. This follows after the closing of the famous Friecca pharmacy in Wandegeya due to lacking a renewed operating license in Wandegeya last week contrary to section 14 of the National Drug Authority Policy and Authority Act. Friecca however has submiited request for a new license according to sources of about Ugx.1.2 million and will soon be opened for operation
The Authority has further clarified that the pharmacies have not been closed but due to expired drugs but rather expired licenses. This is in a bid to combat medical crime that has for long happened under the eye of the regulator.
The issue surrounding the distribution of a wrong hepatitis B drug have raised many eyebrows and the Authority remains under scrutiny. No wonder it has embarked on a countrywide pharmaceutical closure.