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Sh32 million drug tester to help fight counterfeits

By Jevans N Miyungu | June 21st 2014

The fight against counterfeit drugs has received a major boost following the acquisition of high tech equipment to analyse drugs by a leading supplier.

Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (Meds) has received equipment worth Sh32 million from USAid’s Kenya Pharma to strengthen its World Health Organisation (WHO) prequalified Quality Control Laboratory’s operations.

The equipment consisting of two ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) machines and a dissolution apparatus will enhance Meds’ capacity to test the quality of drugs  before distribution to health facilities.

With this equipment, Meds will be able to analyse more than 120 drug samples every month. Currently, the laboratory analyses more than 60 samples every month from manufacturers, distributors and researchers in Kenya and other African Countries.

Speaking during the handover ceremony at the Meds Centre, Kenya Pharma Supply Chain & Logistics Manager Dr Esther Turunga, called for public participation in the fight against counterfeits.

“Most Kenyans are oblivious to the dangers posed by counterfeit drugs. When buying drugs, patients should not only buy what is affordable but also what is of quality,” she said.

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