Importers of medicine into Uganda will be a higher verification fee effective August 1st, 2017, the minister for health Sarah Opendi said in a statement released on Monday.
“Government of Uganda will increase verification fees from 2% to 12% on 37 selected medicines that are locally manufactured. These include A moxillin, Albendazole, Dextrose Infusion, Paracetamol, Oral Rehydration Salts to mention but a few,” he minister said in the statement.
The minister explained that this selection was made following the Ministry of Health and NDA’s assessment of the domestic manufacturers’ capacity to sufficiently meet the demand for the 37 selected medicines.
She said this will not only promote access to safe, efficacious and quality medicines for our population, but create linkages to other sectors like packaging, construction and others.
“In addition, the presence of local manufacturing industries will also create jobs for the hundreds of jobless youth and ensure that Uganda is self-sustaining in terms of Pharmaceutical products,”
Ministry of Health has also tasked the National Drug Authority to establish a rigorous post market surveillance system which will ensure that all the medicines on the market, both imported and locally manufactured are closely monitored for safety, efficacy and quality.
In the FY 2017/18, the Authority also plans to invest Ush2.7bn in equipping the National Quality Control Laboratory to detect all substandard and falsified medicines on the market.
“With these measures, I would like to assure all Ugandans that the availability of safe efficacious and good quality medicines will not in any way be compromised. The Government is committed to providing the highest possible standard of health care to all people of Uganda.”