Half of hospitals fail expired drugs test

About half of hospitals in Kenya do not regularly remove expired or unusable medicines from their shelves, a new survey by the Health ministry has shown.
The Kenya Harmonised Health Facility Assessment report for 2018/19 indicates that only 54 percent of health facilities, both public and private, have records and processes in place to ensure disposal of expired or unusable drugs that pose risks to patients.
Expired drugs are harmful to both the sick as well as to the environment, besides being less potent.
About half of hospitals in Kenya do not regularly remove expired or unusable medicines from their shelves, a new survey by the Health ministry has shown.

The Kenya Harmonised Health Facility Assessment report for 2018/19 indicates that only 54 percent of health facilities, both public and private, have records and processes in place to ensure disposal of expired or unusable drugs that pose risks to patients.

Expired drugs are harmful to both the sick as well as to the environment, besides being less potent.

Hospitals are expected to document all the drugs that they procure and dispense and those not yet used. They are also required to record substandard medicines as well as those which trigger adverse reactions in patients.

Drug outlets in Nairobi, Nyeri, Migori and Garissa were the worst performing in keeping records of the volumes of pharmaceutical products received and dispensed, and the balances, meaning that they are unlikely to estimate the stocks available in the counties. They were also at a weaker position to gauge demand from patients or make projections.

However, almost three quarters of the 47 counties reported having proper inventory on pharmacy supplies, with Isiolo topping the rankings at 100 percent followed by Kisumu and Baringo at 98 percent each.

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