Monday, 17 February 2014

Two people charged over illegal Sh44m Viagra drugs

According to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, sex enhancing drugs are supposed to be prescribed by doctors but many retailers sell them over the counter.

Two people have been charged at a Nairobi court over illegal possession of sex enhancing drugs worth Sh44 million.
The consignment was seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday, while the duo was waiting to pick them for distribution in the country, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board confirmed.
They were charged at the Makadara Law Courts on Monday.
According to Director of Inspectorate, Surveillance and Enforcement Ahmed Mohammed, the drugs branded ‘Vega’ from India, have been circulating in the country for the last two years.
He said their label indicated that they were manufactured by a company identified as Heri Pharmaceuticals from Mumbai and imported by Diani Pharmaceuticals which is not registered with the Board.
“The drug has been on sale in the country on an irregular basis for the last two years and we have not been able to get to the importer until last Friday,” he told the Nation.
“We had been carrying out intelligence investigations and ours was a ‘backward’ investigation where we begun with retailers up to the main supplier,” he said.
The surveillance officer said the drugs came in as hand luggage marked “harmless substances” in a bid to conceal it.
“Demand for such drugs in the country is high and business people would want to make a big cut so they avoid registering the drugs or the company as the process is rigorous,” said Dr Mohammed.
The official said sex enhancing drugs are supposed to be prescribed by doctors but many retailers now sell them over the counter.

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