Honeybee sues medicine regulation authority

Honeybee sues medicine regulation authority

By RHODAH MVULA

Honey Bee Pharmacy Limited has sued the Zambia Medicines and Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) in the Lusaka High Court for threatening to revoke the company’s license over alleged distribution of defective medical products.

The plaintiff through their lawyer Tutwa Ngulube states that in November 2019 the plaintiff tendered a bid and won to supply 22,500 Health Centre Kits to the Ministry of Health and this was executed.

Mr. Ngulube says on 17th September 2020 ZAMRA began issuing threats and disparaging remarks to Honey Bee as having supplied defective products disregarding the certificate of fitness issued by the procuring authority.

Mr. Ngulube says the action by ZAMRA was unreasonable because it went against the provisions of the contract and the fact that the defendant was not party to the said contract.

He says the purported laboratory results that the defendant is relying on were obtained from a laboratory that is not accredited with the world health organization contrary to the provisions of the contract.

The plaintiff is seeking for an order of interim of injunction restraining the defendants from revoking Honey Bee’s license because it will falsely and unjustly cause harm to the company’s reputation and its commercial wellbeing.

The plaintiffs also want an order for the matter to be referred to arbitration as per provisions of the contract governing the relationship between Honey Bee and the p

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    Sikanya habaimbe 1 week ago

    When you have substance in what you want to prove then you pursue it through courts and that’s exactly what we are seeing 
    Honeybee has reiterated many times they are innocent and finally they have gone to courts I now foresee that honeybee shall prevail and dooms day shall befall on the culprits who wanted to alarm the nation and the pac committee and the auditor general 

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    It will be interesting to see how the Judges will act on this case, more especially that nabena balanwa umuti uyu wine!!!

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      I smell a rat 1 week ago

      Its not about the muti. Its about how much in the brown envelopes.

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    Steve 1 week ago

    Interesting that honeybee are accusing ZAMRA of using World Health Organisation (WHO) unapproved laboratory to test and declare their products defective. Good argument. MoH and ZAMRA should therefore also tell us if the products Honeybee supplied were WHO prequalified and their batch numbers submitted to WHO to show they met their standards. Finally, under the law, ZAMRA can nominate any competent laboratory to undertake test on any pharmaceutical product. What Honeybee could do is to identify a third independent party (eg a university or another international ethics lab) to carry out their own tests on the products in question. Data provided by their manufacturer will be deemed impartial and biased. Lastly, why is our MoH purchasing drugs via 3rd parties instead of approaching  WHO approved manufacturers with whom they could negotiate the lowest possible prices? Shocking that they’re willing to pay so much money (we don’t have) when savings could be made by cutting out middlemen. 

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    Buck Teeth Lungu 1 week ago

    Stoopid legal action. Arbitration can only be among parties to a contract. ZAMRA is a regulator and not a procurer. In fact ZAMRA are a waste of time for using threats. Either deregister these crooks or shut the f*ck up! Threats are not a regulatory disciplinary measures.

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    Muwerewere 1 week ago

    This is a classic subject, the victim is being sued and the the accused is all the way smiling instead of being remorseful. This is the state we have found ourselves in where those allegedly to have wronged the whole nation are now taking things for granted. Is this not a case of ethics where there is conflicting interest. This company and its representatives appeared before the parliamentary accounts committee and their response to the accusations were pathetic and now they have even grown teeth to bite the victims further inflicting more pain. Bane where are these people drawing the invisible strength to be behaving above board……………

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    THE WATCHMAN 1 week ago

    TUTWA,
    AS MUCH AS THE MONEY YOU HAVE AGREED FOR REPRESENTING HONEY BEE MAY BE GOOD, DON’T YOU THINK YOU ARE CONTRADICTING YOUR WORK ETHICS AS A LAW MAKER? SOMETIMES ITS BETTER TO INTROSPECT AND SEE BEYOND THE PERSONAL RETURNS. SO IF I MAY ASK, WHO ARE ZAMRA? ARE THEY NOT A CREATION OF GOVERNMENT AND ONLY TO BE PROSECUTED IN THE COURTS OF LAW BY YOU MR NGULUBE? VERY VERY STRANGE ACT.

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    Kaongolo ka Lipeba 1 week ago

    Whose interests is this foolish Giraffe Pig saving? Some idiots really deserve to be shot dead.

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    Tutwa Ngulube 1 week ago

    And Tutwa is a law maker and a representative of the people and he is here supporting people who sold phony drugs. Halo!

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      Likulu 1 week ago

      My dear the drugs are not phony neither toxic neither expired or sub standard and neither are the condoms and gloves sub standards , let them prove that in the courts of law , because we Zambians have made social media the courts and the judges , that’s not right , let’s here what they have to say