Pharmaceutical reforms to improve access to medicines.

Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki at an exhibition during the Horn of Africa Pharmaceutical Conference and Expo 2018.


Pharmaceutical reforms to improve access to medicines
Nairobi, KENYA, October 3, 2018 -The Ministry of Health is revamping the  pharmaceutical sector to improve access to quality, safe and efficacious medicines and medical products.
Health Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sicily Kariuki  said the reforms which include standardizing of procedures and practices in the pricing and distribution of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies will enable Kenyans to access affordable medical products in the country without financial hardship.
She made the remarks during the opening of the Horn of Africa pharmaceutical conference today at a Nairobi hotel.
The CS said the ministry will  review and update all the current essential commodity lists, operationalize Medicines and Therapeutics Committees in all County Health facilities and
monitor pricing of drugs through updated Market Price Index data.
Among other reforms expected is the roll out of electronic commodity management information system (CMIS) to link stores  to all user units in the health sector and costing of essential health products as per the guidelines of the Universal Health Coverage advisory panel.
The CS commended the Pharmacy and Poisons (PPB) for organizing the second Horn of Africa  Pharmaceutical Conference and expo
whose theme is “Access to Medical Products In Attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC),” with an ultimate aim to improve access to safe, efficacious and good quality health products in the Horn of Africa through knowledge sharing and collaboration.
“PPB has actively participated in the implementation of the wider Government of Kenya development policies that embrace the implementation of the Vision 2030 development blueprint by setting up systems to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in control and management of medical products in the country,” she noted.
The PPB, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. F.M. Siyoi thanked the delegates for attending the conference to strengthen partnership in regulation of medical products. “PPB believes that a structured, collaborative effort to achieve universal health coverage can meet the shared goals of global health stakeholders of expanding patient access to quality medicines through innovative solutions and long-term sustainability of the health sector,” he said.