THE government has warned unethical pharmacists, insisting that it will not hesitate to take appropriate legal measures.
The warning was issued by the Pharmacy Council of Tanzania (PCT) Board Registrar, Elizabeth Shekalaghe during a ceremony for admission and registration of 252 new pharmacists held in the country’s capital.
“The council will neither fear nor favour any pharmacists who will act contrary to the code of conduct and we will not hesitate to de-register whoever will contravene the code,’’ she insisted.
Ms Shekalaghe said the council was currently enforcing new regulations that were released in 2020, adding that as a registrar, she was duty-bound not to defend those going against the code of conduct but to enforce the law.
At least 252 new pharmacists were certified by the Pharmacy Council during a ceremony attended by various officials from the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children including Deputy Minister, Dr Godwin Mollel.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Minister said the government was really counting on pharmacists in the country as they had an opportunity to help Tanzanians in issues of health.
“Do not end up dispensing drugs to patients, you should know that you are equally duty-bound to ensure that there is no medicine loss at your duty stations,’’ said Dr Mollel, directing that pharmacists should be volunteering routine information of the value chain for drugs.
He advised them to observe integrity and patriotism because the department for medicine was paramount for the lives of people.
He further tasked them to be innovative by conducting various studies that can help Tanzanians to have enough medicines treating various diseases through clinical trials.