By Bennie Mundando
THE Kafue Magistrate Court has convicted Obrian Phiri aged 38 years of Mtendere Compound to 6 months imprisonment with hard labor for suspected unlawful possession of medicines contrary to the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia in one count.
This is in a matter where the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) in conjunction with the Zambia police took Phiri to court for unlawful possession of medicines contrary to the laws of Zambia.
In another count, Phiri has been fined K5, 000.00, in default of payment 9 months Simple Imprisonment for selling at a place other than a pharmacy contrary the Medicines and Allied Substances Act No. 3 of 2013.
ZAMRA senior Public Relations Officer Christabel Mutale Iliamupu says the Authority remains committed to ensuring that medicines are legally obtained and sold in registered outlets.
Ms. Iliamupu says this is to ensure safety, quality, and efficacy of medicinal products and allied substances being consumed by the Zambian people.
“Failure to adhere to the set standards as regards possession and sale of medicinal products and allied substances will result in offenders being prosecuted,” Ms. Iliamupu said.