The Health Professions Council of Zambia has closed 32 Health care facilities in Lusaka for stocking and dispensing expired Drugs and will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
HPCZ recently conducted compliance monitoring inspections in Lusaka province from December 3rd to 13th 2018, an exercise which has revealed high levels of noncompliance among a number of facilities.
32 out of the 120 health facilities were found stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies.
Speaking at a media briefing, HPCZ Senior Public Relations Officer Chinyota Msimuko said the findings signal an epidemic of expired drugs being administered to the unsuspecting public but the Council will not allow the situation to persist as it compromises patient’s safety.
Mr. Msimuko said the Council has observed with concern a growing trend where some health facilities are stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies.
He said in its quest to effectively protect the public and to ensure total compliance to National Health Care Standards, penalties will extend to individual pharmacists and doctors in charge of these facilities.
Mr. Msimuko said the Health practitioners in charge of health care facilities have a professional responsibility to make sure that their facilities operate in conformity with National Health Care Standards and for this reason, the Council will summon the practitioners who are in charge of the cited facilities to account for their actions and show cause why they should not be held in breach of the professional code of conduct and ethics.
He said the Health Professions Act number 24 2009 of the Laws of Zambia under section 75 allows the Council to pursue Heads of Institutions or Units in their individual capacity for any facility found in breach of the National Healthcare standards.
Mr. Msimuko has since appealed to the Health Practitioners to continue striving to uphold professional norms at all times.