Makalla challenges TMDA to effectively conduct impromptu inspections

Makalla challenges TMDA to effectively conduct impromptu inspections

THE Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Amos Makalla, has instructed the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) to make regular impromptu visits in health facilities to identify substandard medical devices and drugs.

The RC issued the directive on Tuesday when opening of a five-day meeting which involved 33 drug inspectors.

The training was organized by TMDA Eastern Zone which works in Dar es Salaam, Coast and Tanga regions.


The meeting aims to increase efficiency on inspecting medical equipment in Dar es Salaam region.

"I urged the drug inspectors under TMDA to effectively control medical equipment so as to identify all those which do not meet standards, '' RC Makalla said.

The TMDA has been doing Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS), which is a system for monitoring quality, safety and efficacy of medicines after they have been registered and released in the market.

 It is the mechanism in place to assess the medicines taken by patients under a wide range of environment over an extended period of time.

PMS is considered as an additional measure of quality assurance which aims at ensuring that quality specifications of the registered medicines are maintained throughout their approved shelf life.

The quality of the medicine is very crucial since it has an implication on the safety and efficacy of the medicines.

Henceforth the methodologies used for PMS in Tanzania include Drug Quality Assurance Program which focuses on conducting primary screening of medicines and the Structured PMS Programs which focus on sampling and testing based on risks.

Since its inception, four (4) Structured PMS programs have been conducted in 2007 to 2009, 2011 to 2013, 2014 to 2017 and 2017 to 2020.

In his remarks, TMDA Director General, Adam Fimbo said the training aimed to raise awareness of counterfeit medicine inspection, and also to control the quality of tobacco products in order to protect public health.

He said about 705 pharmacists and drug inspectors have been issued with certificates countrywide in order to identify fake inspectors who are tarnishing the image of the pharmaceutical industry in the country.

Mr Fimbo further appreciated the government's efforts to invest in the industrial economy for increasing employment and boost sustainable development in the country.

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