The Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority ZAMRA has warned that some unscrupulous individuals are smuggling unregistered tablets commonly known as Pen V from the Democratic Republic of Congo, products that have not been authorised on the Zambian market.

ZAMRA Acting Director-General Makomani Siyanga says the products are not labelled in English as per the country’s regulatory requirement, and are packaged in smaller unit packs in 60mls instead of the usual 100ml.

Mr. Siyanga has warned the general public should not purchase and use the said medicines as they may cause harm to the users including adverse events, treatment failure and antimicrobial resistance.

He has said in a statement availed to Christian Voice News in Lusaka today, that the Authority will not hesitate to prosecute any pharmaceutical outlet found stocking and selling the products to unsuspecting health facilities and members of the public.

He said this is tantamount to breach of terms and conditions of their Pharmaceutical License or Certificate of  Registration for failure to comply with the requirement to source medicines from authorised suppliers.