ZAMRA clamps down on illegal drug shops


MUSHROOMING of unregistered drug outlets in the country has become a source of worry, says Zambia Medicine Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) spokesperson Luvodic Mwape.

Mr Mwape said ZAMRA was extremely concerned with the increasing number of unregistered drug stores in the country.

He said over 241 drug outlets were registered and the rest were not registered.

“From the numerous drug stores across the country, only 241 drug outlets are registered, and the rest are not,” he said.

Mr Mwape warned that the authority would not relent in stamping out illegal drug stores in the country.

He said from early last year to July 2016, the authority through its inspection unit managed to close about 140 outlets of which 40 perpetrators have been prosecuted for illegal business dealings.

He said the law was clear on illegal activities, appealing to members of the public to desist from buying medication from unregistered outlets because they were a health risk.

Mr Mwape said people dealing in illegal drugs that were not registered with ZAMRA were putting people’s lives at risk because only qualified pharmacists were supposed to administer medication to people.

He however urged the owners of drug stores to employ qualified personnel or risk being visited by the long arm of the law, adding that it was unfortunate that even unqualified people were being allowed to prescribe medication to customers.