NDA Launches 2017 Licensing Guidelines

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Donna Kusemererwa, the Secretary National Drug Authority, unveiled the new guidelines this afternoon, saying the Authority will pay specific attention to wholesale pharmacies of human and veterinary medicines in the new licensing cycle.

The National Drug Authority-NDA has issued new guidelines for issuance of licenses to pharmacies in the New Year. NDA is a statutory agency responsible for regulating the importation and sale of human and veterinary medicines in the country.

 

The guidelines specifically address issues regarding premises hosting pharmacies and drug shops, personnel, documentation and display of products.  



Donna Kusemererwa, the Secretary National Drug Authority, unveiled the new guidelines this afternoon, saying the Authority will pay specific attention to wholesale pharmacies of human and veterinary medicines in the new licensing cycle.
 
 
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Kusemerwa lists some of the requirements in the new guidelines.
 

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According to Kusemerwa, the guidelines bar wholesale pharmacies from medicines and medical products on sale since they deal with retailers.

 
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The guidelines also require wholesale pharmacies to employ a pharmacist and professional auxiliary staff including a storekeeper. 
 
 
Other changes included in the 2017 licensing guidelines expected to help improve the regulation of medicines in the country include increasing access to under served areas and reduction in the time taken to process licenses through use of an electronic system.

 
Following the launch of the guidelines, NDA has appealed to the public to buy medicines from licensed pharmacies and drug shops to ensure they are protected from poor quality, unsafe and ineffective products.

 
The Authority has also set up a toll free number on 0800101999 to enable the public report poor quality medical products, noncompliance, fraud and any other complaints.

 

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