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Pharmacists call for stern action against those selling prescription drugs to minors

The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya now want action taken against those involved in the illegal sale of medications to minors even as it moved to distance itself from those accused of engaging in the illicit trade.

The development coming in the wake of reports that authorities in the coastal city of Mombasa last week closed down over 20 pharmacies in the region during a crackdown targeting those selling Rohypnol, an anti-anxiety medication, to minors.

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In a statement, PSK President Louis Machogu said the society was deeply concerned by the recent reports calling for immediate attention and action from all stakeholders.

He however defended pharmacists saying they stand firm in their commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and patient care.

“Pharmacists in Kenya are bound by strict regulations and ethical guidelines that prohibit the sale of prescription medications without verification of prescription furthermore to unaccompanied minors. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board plays a crucial role in ensuring compliance with these regulations, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya actively participates in the Enquiries and Disciplinary Committee of the PPB to address any complaints or concerns related to the conduct of pharmacists.” Observed Machogu.

He said the pharmaceutical Society of Kenya remains committed to promoting the health and well-being of all Kenyans and will continue to work tirelessly to uphold the integrity of the pharmaceutical profession.

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