Government buys more expired drugs for K60m

Government buys more expired drugs for K60m


By Tinkerbel Mwila
An investigation carried by the pharmaceutical society of Zambia-PSZ- has revealed that the health kits recently distributed by government contain expired drugs.
PSZ president Jerome Kanyika has since called on the ministry of health to recall the consignment of medicines worth k60 million which was recently flagged off.

Mr Kanyika says most of the drugs have changed color indicating that they are not good for human consumption.

He explains that PSZ is concerned because the drugs have been distributed country wide and that PSZ will not sit idle when members of the public are being subjected to consume expired medication.

According to Mr. Kanyika, the drugs were supplied by honey bee pharmacy which government contracted to supply essential medicines.
But ministry of health spokesperson Dr. Abel Kabalo has refuted the allegations stating that the latest expiry date on most of the medication is 2022,

The first batch of 2,376 Health Centre Kits was flagged off on 3rd September, 2020 at Medical Stores.

Quick preliminary findings around the country and images received from various people including some patients, most people have reported clear discoloration of tablets, poor friability and smell, all characteristic signatures of substandard medicines.

Honey Bee Pharmacy is the company that was awarded the US$17 million Medical Supply Contract by Ministry Of Health when the company was not even registered with PACRA at the time.

The Attorney General clarified that the Contract was awarded to an individual, by the name of Imran Lunat, who was trading as Honeybee Pharmacy. But when contacted, Imran refused that he was not a Director for the company, he was just working ther

Honeybee Pharmacy was given a wholesale Pharmaceutical Licence by the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA), despite failing to meet 20 inspection conditions for the award of the prerequisite Pharmaceutical License, without which it could not win the medical supply tender under the Ministry of Health.

If you check on one of the drugs, it shows manufactured date as March 2020, but today, 8th September 2020, the colour of Paracetamol has changed to black.

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    zambian 1 week ago

    I like what bakambwi did. Instead of just hearing and commenting, he actually went to Health and Medical stores to verify the quality of medicenes with his own eyes. They also welcomed him and allowed him a random inspecton.
    He found all medicenes in order.
    They also clarified that they have found 2 batches of paracetamol to have discoloured which have been recalled. This doscoluration may occur due to moisture and is not very uncommon.
    Anyway that is leadership and that gives us confidence to continue using the drugs

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    A government that is getting money 💰 from her citizens in millions and revenue generation should not be doing a thing like this…this people don’t need this, it’s really unfair for a government to destribute fake drugs

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    FuManchu 2 weeks ago

    Do those in government given authority to oversee well being of the Zambians really care? Most likely these medicines have been ordered with no payments and the orders get packaged but do not get shipped awaiting payment. By the time payment is effected the supplier refuses to replace the packaged medicines with new stock arguing that the delays to dispatch the consignment is Zambia’s fault since payment delayed too! By the time the medicines land in Zambia its too late and expiry has been reached!

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    that what is normal practice or a corrupt government

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    that is the practice of corrupt hypocrites.

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    No3rdTerm 2 weeks ago

    The level of greed exhibited by MoH in the past, people will die and they won’t give a damn. What’s more painful is that they couldn’t even find a Zambian with a name like Sibajene or Phiri or Mulenga to supply these kits. Very painful.