One arrested for illegal sale of medicines

On 28 August 2019 at 11:56

A man suspected of illegally dealing in pharmaceutical products has been arrested in Bugesera District, Eastern Province.

Police said the suspect identified as Pascal Nkezabera was arrested on Sunday with assorted pharmaceuticals, including boxes of paracetamol, Amoxicillin and HIV drugs.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Eastern region Police spokesperson, said the suspect was arrested in Nyagakayenzi Village, Gihembe Cell.
"Police was tipped off by residents about the Nkezabera’s illegal pharmaceutical business, officers caught him with several boxes of Paracetamol, Amoxicillin, and bottles of liquid medicines,” the spokesperson said.

In Rwanda, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is the main body in charge of ensuring the safety of drugs and medicines.

FDA regulate pharmaceutical products, vaccines, human and veterinary processed foods and other biological products used in clinical industries as drugs food supplements, food fortificants, fortified foods, poisonous substances, herbal medicines, medicated cosmetics, medical devices, tobacco and tobacco products, management of unfit pharmaceutical and food products and clinical trials on pharmaceutical products for human and veterinary use.

The pharmaceutical business is done by licensed medical personnel or pharmacist.

"Such illegal sale of pharmaceutical products is dangerous, there is a likelihood of selling expired or counterfeit drugs, giving wrong drugs or poor prescription to patients, resulting in fatal outcome," CIP Twizeyimana said.

He thanked those, who provided information on the suspect’s unlawful and dangerous business, and called upon the public to always buy medical drugs from licensed pharmacies to avoid becoming victims of such illegal business.