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Emmanuel Umirambe, the Inspector of Drugs at National Drug Authority, says they closed the two pharmacies in an operation aimed at clamping down on pharmacies and drug shops operating without the requisite requirements.
Some of the impounded drugs.

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National Drug Authority (NDA) has impounded drugs and closed two pharmacies in Kasese town. The affected are Go Dubai and Every Home for Christ Pharmacies.

Emmanuel Umirambe, the Inspector of Drugs at National Drug Authority, says they closed the two pharmacies in an operation aimed at clamping down on pharmacies and drug shops operating without the requisite requirements.

He says the two pharmacies were not only operating illegally but were also found in possession of government drugs that should ideally be distributed to patients freely in government health facilities.

The impounded drugs include Artesunate Injection 60Ms clearly labeled Government of Uganda; Not for Sale and government malaria testing kits.

Umirambe says it is unfortunate that some government health centers lack drugs yet some people are unscrupulously selling them to their real owners.

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The pharmacies were also found in possession of drugs smuggled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

They included Kifaru 50 and Kifaru 100, both sexual enhancement drugs and Super Apetit for arousing appetite for food. Umirambe says the directors of the two pharmacies will face the law.

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Milton Kalonge, the proprietor Go Dubai Pharmacy conceded in a telephone interview with URN that he was selling some smuggled drugs in his pharmacy. He also blamed his failure to secure an operational license on the high costs involved to process one.

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