(From East African (Kenya) - AAGM)
Byline: Dagi Kimani, Special Correspondent
Thousands of Kenyan patients are unknowingly taking wrongly formulated or expired medicines, thanks to a thriving illegal trade in counterfeit and illegally imported drugs, the country's pharmaceutical industry has warned.
According to industry sources, anywhere between 20 and 30 per cent of the medicines entering Kenya currently are either counterfeit or illegally imported. The latter are medicines imported into the country by unregistered firms and individuals, the so-called briefcase traders.
Particularly affected, according to Vijay Maini, managing director of Surgipharm pharmaceutical distributors, are antibiotics, anti-malarials and …