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LMHRA Burns Several Confiscated Expired, Counterfeit, Substandard Pharmaceuticals Products

-In the presence of Independent Media Practitioners and Journalists at its site in Careysburg, Montserrado County.

IG Pharmacist Beyslow speaks to the media at the incineration site, While LMHRA staff ensures the burning of these substandard, counterfeit medicines

The believed that medicines confiscated (seized) from street peddlers by the (LMHRA), are recycled and redistributed on the market has been once again dispelled. The dispelling of said rumor was clarified on Friday, September 24, 2021 by the Director for Inspection and Post Market Surveillance, Pharmacist. Teedoh Beyslow Sr., The clarification was done in the presence of several independent media houses representations and the state broadcaster (ELBC radio).It all happened, when the LMHRA team took them on a guided-tour of the authority’s incineration (Burning) site, located in Careysburg, Montserrado County.

During a guided-tour at the incineration site, The Inspector general of the Department of Post Market Surveillance, Pharmacist. Teedoh Beyslow drilled journalists and the various press corps with regards to the various processes leading to confiscations, collections of expired, counterfeit, substandard medicines and health materials waste and disposals.

 He recounted that the LMHRA in its effort to protect the market of these counterfeit medications will also deployed inspectors in the field with a mandate to arrest anyone caught selling medications in buckets, market tables, back bags or black plastics or in any substance that poses threats to the efficiency of medications on the market.

According to him, the LMHRA is notified through Post Market Surveillance (PMS) activities or informed by importers, pharmacies, health centers or the Ministry of Health, the Inspectorate Department will definitely move in, collect weigh and funded or paid for these unwanted medicines and health wastes, quantify them along with the confiscated medicines and then incinerates them at its current site in Careysburg, outside Monrovia.

“When we seized these fake, substandard and expired medications, or when contacted by various pharmacies, importers and health centers or the Ministry of Health, we collect these unwanted products for incineration; by law, we are mandated to collect and burned all expired, counterfeit and substandard medicines, health products as well as health wastes,” Pharmacist Beyslow assured the media.

He further continued to say that: “one of the main objectives of the LMHRA is to ensure Liberia gets free from street peddling, because not everyone has the right to sell medicines. If the right medicine should be sold, it must maintained the right temperature to keep it safe in and potent to the consumer; for this reason, a need to clean off the market of these unwanted, counterfeit, falsified, dumbed medicines and health wastes to safe our people.”

“So today we brought you distinguished members of the press here to see and have the public informed with regards to how we carry on incineration of confiscated, reported or turned over unlawful medicines and health products through different processes of disposal,” he explained.

Inspector General Beyslow reiterated further that though the LMHRA has been hugely challenged with low budgetary allocations and logistical needs to beefed up efforts, Thanks to Managing Director Keturah C. Smith, for her enabling leadership that has made it possible to innovatively and farsightedly extended key partnerships with Global Fund, World Bank, Central Government and others with the needy logistics to enable us carry on our duty.

He further named the opening of regional offices around the country, under the supervision of the Managing Director as some of the strides being made by the authority to curb the importation of fake, substandard and falsified medicines in the country.

Inspector General Beyslow named the establishment of regional offices of the LMHRA, currently in Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu, and the RIA; as means of ensuring the protection against harmful medicines from getting to the Liberian market.

In furtherance to clarities made by the LMHRA, the Manager for Pharmaceutical Wastes Management, Dr. Jonathan Luciny, also informed the media that the pharmaceutical waste unit, of the authority, has had several incinerations carried out as per the law establishing the LMHRA.To date, over 100 tons of waste products have been burnt in the past two years.

According to him, the LMHRA places premier on the safety of those disposing these health wastes as well as the environment which is being disposed, because the expired, counterfeit and substandard medicines may have negative effects to both the people disposing as well as the environment.

Hence, Dr. Luciny pointed out that as Manager for Pharmaceutical Wastes, he ensures that those disposing these wastes are provided training and also fully protected with the requisite gears and equipment to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

He said that, plans are on the way by the LMHRA to extend the collection of pharmaceutical wastes across Liberia.

 This event which commenced in early August, 2021 was conducted by the Program Unit and Inspectorate Department of the authority. The process which is intended to last for 30 days; is a mop-up exercise and  process of incinerating the confiscated pharmaceuticals and other waste disposals.

 To prevent harmful medicines from flooding the Liberian market, it is part of its regular activity; LMHRA to conduct inspection through its Inspectorate Department, and carryout post market surveillance conducted unannounced at all pharmacies and warehouses responsible to disburse, sell, or stored all medicinal and health products in Liberia.

In addition to executing its mandate, the authority through its inspectorate department also ensure that these poisonous or expired medications don’t land in the hands of street peddlers, thereby causing serious health hazard for the buyers and end users as well as exposing people at risk of coming into contact of its use.

 According to the Inspectorate department, the current incineration is the third time this year for the authority to confiscate substandard, falsified and expired medicines and health products from the dealers who don’t see the danger of these products on the market and further emphasized that the authority   will continue to reach out to the most vulnerable and threaten parts of Liberia, in a bid to   eradicate harmful pharmaceuticals products from the market.

The LMHRA, since 2010 has the mandate through a legislative Act, to regulate all medicines and health products within the pharmaceutical sector of Liberia. With said statutory responsibility from the Government of Liberia and in consonance with the Ministry of Health and other partners; recent effort is in line to meet the challenging environment demand of executing said mandate. Evident by a third wave of incineration (burning) of confiscated pharmaceuticals and other health wastes products seized and collected from across major centers in Liberia as executing the mandate of the Act.

 It is considered that a huge proliferation and sales of expired, falsified and substandard medicines and health products have encumbered the Liberian market in estimated over three hundred thousand United States dollars (US$300,000.00) Therefore, LMHRA will continue to ensure the regular inspections of pharmacies, pharmaceutical warehouses and health centers across the country on a periodic basis through surveillance.

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LMHRA Conducts Performance-based M&E Training For Its Staffs Nationwide

..Staffs Commend Management

In an effort to enhance efficiency at the Liberia Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) through its Programs & Planning Unit recently conducted a three day performance-based Monitoring & Evaluation trainings at LMHRA’s regional offices around the country.

The regional offices where the event took place are Region-3, Bo Waterside, Grand Cape Mount County; Region-2, Gbarnga, Bong County; and Region-1 RIA annex, Margibi County and the Quality Control Lab in Careysburg, Montserrado County.

The performance-based monitoring & evaluation trainings, was sponsored by the management of LMHRA, and  intended to ensure the regional offices capacity strengths are aligned with  key performance indicators (KPI) thereby meeting the standard required by the  central office departments and to ensure good tracking of  effective data collections.

Speaking at the opening section of the training, the Technical Advisor to the Managing Director, Dr. Flomoku G. Miller, also encouraged participants to attach importance to the knowledge provided to them by management so as to enhance the smooth running of the LMHRA’s works in these counties.

With additional remarks also, the Regional Coordinator Dr. F. Kwoakpeh Dolo, applauded the LMHRA management for providing the training opportunity for regional staffs and believes that it will facilitate   fast-track and boost productivities at all levels. While the Assistant Programs, Planning & Evaluation Manager, Del T. Nagbe, Sr., indicated that the trainings was based on strategic planning for necessary progress against key performance indicators (KPIs) and to provide staffs with  the sequential understanding of the overall performance of the LMHRA in the regions and bring them up to  quality management system(QMS).

According to him, the training will help central office monitor activities of the LMHRA at the level of the regional offices through systematic procedures.

Mr. Nagbe further emphasized that the trainings would again provide broader understanding of how the KPIs can be measured in the collection of   data using spreadsheet.

Accordingly, to him, the LMHRA’s strategy will utilize the demonstrated opportunities provided by these major stakeholders and additionally boost staff at the various region in a robust manner that will help management to minimize or eliminate challenges LMHRA is faces.

Pharmacist Morrison Tamba, Region 3 Manager for his part, expressed delight for the training opportunity accorded them and provided by management; stating that; this will help them improve in their daily operational plans.

Also remarking separately, the Director at the Quality Control Laboratory (QC Lab), Pharmacist Akoi Fahnbulleh, applauded the team for the education provided.

“We learned a lot, on behalf of the QCLab, I say thanks to the team for coming, this is very important for all staff of the LMHRA and it will enhance the work of the authority,” he said.

In similar manner, the Manager of RIA Annex, Pharmacist John Cleeme, said he will work along with the Programs Planning & Evaluation Unit to set the long and short time goals of the annex so as to increase their scope.

He disclosed that his doubts about some of the activities of the institution were cleared. The three days exercise was part of the program planning &evaluation unit.

The Programs Planning & Evaluation Unit was established to ensure the achievement of the authority’s goals and objectives by closely working with all departments, units and annexes for the assurance of quality and reliable data in the measurement of progress against KPIs. It is part of its responsibility to provide training as part of the LMHRA program management performance cycle.

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LMHRA Incinerates (Burns) Confiscated Expired, Falsified & Substandard Pharmaceuticals Products

– Disposes of Waste

Pile of wastes, substandard, expired medicines with LMHRA staff disposing them

The Liberia Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) with the mandate under the 2010 Act of Medicine and Health Products Regulations has the mandate to regulate the pharmaceutical sector of Liberia. Recently, the authority in its effort to meet the challenging environment of said mandate; has embarked on the third wave of incineration (burning) of confiscated pharmaceuticals and other health wastes seized and collected from across major centers in Liberia.

This event which commenced in early August, 2021 was conducted by the Program Unit and Inspectorate Department of the authority. The process which is intended to last for 30 days; Is a mop up exercise and  process of incinerating the confiscated pharmaceuticals and other waste disposals.

 To prevent harmful medicines from flooding the Liberian market, it is part of its regular activity, the LMHRA to conduct inspection through its Inspectorate Department, and carryout post market surveillance conducted unannounced at all pharmacies and warehouses responsible to disburse, sell, or stored all medicinal and health products in order to establish quality products and get rid from the market substandard, falsified or expired medicines. In addition to executing its mandate, The Authority through its department also ensure that these poisonous or expired medications don’t land in the hands of street peddlers, thereby causing serious health hazard for the buyer and end users as well as exposing people at risk of coming into contact of its use.

 LMHRA’s Inspector General, Pharmacist Teedoh E. Beysolow, Sr., in his capacity said that; the current incineration is the third time in this year for the authority to  confiscate  substandard, falsified and expired medicines and health products from the dealers who don’t see the danger of these products on the market and further emphasized that the authority   will continue to reach out to most parts of Liberia, in a bid to   eradicate  harmful pharmaceuticals products from the Liberian market.

 It is considered that a huge proliferation and sales of expired, falsified and substandard medicines and health products have encumbered the Liberian market. Therefore, LMHRA will continue to ensure the regular inspections of pharmacies, pharmaceutical warehouses and health centers across the country on a periodic basis from time to time through surveillance.

The LMHRA is the statutory arm of the Government of Liberia with responsibility to ensure that all medicines and health products circulating the borders of Liberia are safe, effective and of quality.

In consonance with the Ministry of Health and other partners within the health sector of Liberia, the LMHRA also collects all health pharmaceutical wastes and burned them at her incineration site in Careysburg, Montserrado County outside Monrovia; where the current exercise is being carried out.

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