The National Drug Authority has impounded a large consignment of expired and fake drugs in eastern Uganda. Stephen Lutoli, the Eastern Regional Drug Inspector, says 1,116 kilograms of expired drugs have been confiscated in an ongoing clean-up exercise. He says the inspection is being conducted in 11 districts, with Pallisa, Soroti, Tororo, Bukedea, Katakwi and Busia having the highest number of counterfeit and expired drugs. Lutoli says all districts in eastern Uganda, apart from Sironko, are tainted with the fake drugs. He says a number of pharmacy owners and dealers are to be prosecuted for peddling the harmful products and their businesses have been shut down. During the inspection it was discovered that a majority of the drug shops did not have qualified personnel to sell prescribed medicine. Many of them had expired stock, were operating in unsuitable premises and were hawking sensitive medication on the streets. Lutoli says the impounded drugs shall be destroyed at the owners' expense.