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Chief Technologist tests quality of antimalarial drugs

MKU Chief Technologist Richard Gachukia during the surveillance of antimalarial drugs in Kwale CountyMKU Chief Technologist Richard Gachukia during the surveillance of antimalarial drugs in Kwale CountyMount Kenya University Chief Technologist Richard Gachukia was one of the few scientists who participated in the post-market surveillance of antimalarial drugs in Kwale County, recently. Using Minilab devices, Mr. Gachukia tested the quality and efficacy of the existing drugs, in the exercise organized by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board in conjunction with Malaria Control Unit and USAID.

I’m humbled to represent MKU in this important exercise. As you know, MKU was the first private institution in Kenya to be accredited to train pharmaceutical technologists, and this participation proves we are training the best.” He adds that participation of MKU will go a long way in strengthening the good relations between the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and the university.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is the Drug Regulatory Authority established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act, Chapter 244 of the Laws of Kenya. The Board regulates the practice of Pharmacy and the manufacture and trade in drugs and poisons.


The Board seeks to implement the appropriate regulatory measures to achieve the highest standards of safety, efficacy and quality for all drugs, chemical substances and medical devices, locally manufactured, imported, exported, distributed, sold, or used, to ensure the protection of the consumer as envisaged by the laws regulating drugs in force in Kenya.

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