The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has prohibited the sale of Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine without valid prescriptions.
In a statement seen by litkenya.com, the board says that there has been a rush among Kenyans to buy these drugs following news that the United States is using them to treat SAR-COV-2.
The board says that Kenyans have been rushing to pharmacies in a bid to stock the drugs.
However, the board notes that clinical trials utilising the two medicines are currently ongoing and no robust clinical data substantiating their use for prophylaxis and curative purposes is available.
It has further called for caution to be applied while using the medicines, prohibiting all pharmacies and chemists from dispensing the two medicines without a valid prescription from a medical doctor.
” The board, therefore, prohibits all pharmacies and chemists from dispensing these to clients without valid prescription from a medical doctor, since there are real patients who are in need and depend on these medications every day to improve their quality of life in the management of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and perphyria cutanea tarda,” reads part of the statement.
Further, the board cautions that irrational use of the mentioned medicines may lead to irreversible blindness which is detrimental to the health of the general public.