By APN Reporter
The Principal Regulatory Officer in the National Drug Authority Nasser
Lubowa has expressed concern over the increased illegal drug shops and
clinics in the country.
Addressing drug shop owners from the districts of Kabale, Rubanda and
Rukiga at Lukiiko Hall in Kabale Municipality, Lubowa explained that
there are several drug shops and private clinics that are operating
while they do not conform to the required standards and regulations.
He said that some sell expired drugs, lack trained pharmacists, have
unsuitable premises and aren’t licensed for the businesses and
products they are trading are not licensed.
He added that the National Drug Authority will not tolerate to the drug shops as they put the lives of Ugandans at stake.
Lubowa also asked drug shops operators to work hard to upgrade to
pharmacies since the National Drug Authority-NDA has already started
phasing out drug shops from all towns in the country.
According to the National Drug Policy Authority Act, a drug shop is
supposed to be located in a distance of not less than 1.5 kilometers
from a Pharmacy.
Lubowa says that to address mismanagement of pharmacies and improve
pharmaceutical service delivery, no new drug shops will be licensed to
operate in towns, cities and municipalities in the country starting
with next year.
He further warned business owners against selling drugs with
different items saying that they will be arrested and charged.