ZAMRA closes 40 pharmacies for noncompliance

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The Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has suspended certificate of registration of 40 registered retail pharmacies in Lusaka for breech of terms and conditions of the certificate of registration under which their licences was granted.

ZMRA public relations officer Ludovic Mwape told the press Saturday that 64 pharmacies were inspected, out of which 40 where found operating without required qualified pharmacists and where ordered to close, adding “In some instances prescription only medicines were dispensed without prescriptions.”

Mwape says the Authority urges pharmacists working and managing pharmacies to be present at all times in order to enhance the levels of compliance in retail outlets.

“We have noted with great concern the increase in the absence of pharmacists in most outlets resulting in non qualified personnel dispensing prescription only medicines to members of the public without prescriptions,” Mwape said, adding that in the case of antibiotics, this practice if left unchecked has potential to contribute to the increase in antimicrobial resistance.

“We wish to sternly warn all registered retail pharmacies/chemists to adhere to good pharmaceutical practices as the Authority will not hesitate to suspend or revoke Certificate of Registration to all those found wanting,” Mwape warned.

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