February 20, 2020

NDA arrests seven people dealing in counterfeit drugs


By Frederick Anyine
National Drugs Authority through its pharmacovigilance and post
marketing surveillance systems have arrested seven suspected business
people dealing in falsified counterfeit and unregistered “tick burn
spray” that is causing serious side effects to both livestock and
humans.

The Head Veterinary Products under the National Drugs Authority Dr
Jeanne Muhindo disclosed this at a press briefing held at regional
offices of National Drug Authority NDA Mbarara in Boma Kamukuzi
division Mbarara municipality Mbarara district.
The press briefing was aimed to enlighten the farmers and the general
public to be aware that there is an ongoing National Drugs Authority
the operation to crack down on counterfeit and unregistered “tick burn
spray” distribution and use in animal farms which must be avoided.

Dr. Muhindo on this note strongly appealed to the livestock farmers,
genuine traders of livestock drugs and the general public to only buy
drugs from veterinary drugs from the National Drugs Authority licensed
outlets and ever be mindful to consult veterinary professionals for
proper guidance and advice for the safety of human and livestock life.

Officiating at the function the RDC Mbarara Lt Col James Mwesigye had
no kind words only to castigate veterinary officers who have neglected
their duties and responsibilities and usurped by herdsmen who usually
do by trying by error.

Lt Col Mwesigye warned the National Drugs Authority and Uganda Police
Force not to allow these suspects to bail their way out using the wealth
they have accumulated but to ensure they are prosecuted before courts
of law promising to make follow up of police files with the court
prosecutors and actions were taken.

He also warned the media to avoid getting accidents on the way write
correctly without forgetting their country and write accurately and
public accordingly.

The District Veterinary Officer Mbarara Dr. William Mwebembezi said the
the problem of ticks and other pests’ resistance in the cattle corridor
was caused by veterinary practitioners who are not qualified and who are
doing a lot of work beyond their capacities who bring more problems to
farmers and also farmers doing services to help themselves.

Random pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance according to
Dr. Muhindo said was done ion the districts of Kyenjojo, Bushenyi,
Mbarara, Kiruhura, Kazo, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, and Kampala Capital
City.
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