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.