Pharmacies Granted Permission To Sue NDA Over Fees

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Over 520 pharmacies are to sue the National Drug Authority (NDA) for allegedly increasing and collecting assorted registration, licensing fees and charges without proper authorisation since 2011.

Over 520 pharmacies are to sue the National Drug Authority (NDA) for allegedly increasing and collecting assorted registration, licensing fees and charges without proper authorisation since 2011.
 
The High Court in Kampala has given a go-ahead to 521 pharmacies that will be represented by one pharmacy called Signa-Chemie Enterprise U Ltd while pursuing this representative suit.
 
The permission to sue NDA in a representative suit was granted on Friday by Acting Assistant Registrar of the High Court, Mary Eleanor Khainza.
The Assistant Registrar said the notice of this representative suit was given to all members of proposed class by public advertisement in the Daily Monitor Newspaper and the court notice board.
 
The complaint by the pharmacists is to follow the established procedures in the setting of assorted fees and charges paid by approved and eligible pharmaceutical companies in Uganda.
 
In his affidavit to support the suit, Simmons Okello Okidi, one of the pharmacists and the director of Signa-Chemie Enterprise U Ltd, argues that it’s the health minister who has the powers to effect changes in the fees structure but not NDA and that the new structure is null and void.
 
The pharmacists claim that as a result, NDA is collecting from them exorbitant fees whose end result makes Ugandans to pay much more for the drugs. They are now seeking court’s orders to compel the drug body to refund all the excess fees collected.
 
According to the pharmacists, they claim that NDA increased fees for renewing a license to operate a retail pharmacy in the Kampala Central Division from 300, 000 to 600,000 shillings, among other increments.

Lawyers; Dennis Sembuya and Isaac Ssemakadde are representing the pharmacists.