I, the chairman of Tanzania Consumer Advocacy Society, Mr Daimon Jim Mwakyembe would like to take this opportunity to congratulate TFDA team for their tremendous job of testing, identify, and inform the general public on the problem of fake medicines in our market. These TFDA efforts have helped consumers to be well informed and protected if the recommended efforts; including the calling back all fake identified medicine will be implemented in full force. TFDA have to make sure they keep up the good work they have started.
Based on the efforts done by individual consumers from Moshi, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Mbeya and Arusha of reporting some violation cases to the authority, these have shown that; if consumers will be informed, educated on their rights and responsibilities the war against substandard goods and consumer’s rights violation will be easier. If consumers are at the forefront of this war; they can be the best protectors of their rights.
This is a very serious war, as we still have, so many substandard goods including so many fake medicines and worst enough unscrupulous traders are continuing importing substandard goods into our markets; with the results of consumers not getting back actual value for their money and on the worst scenario, killing of innocent consumers through these products. For instance TFDA has proved that; some of malaria drug has only 0.4% of substances required (sulphametropyrazine) instead of 90% to 110%; one can see how fatal and serious this war of fighting for substandard medicine in our market is to our country.
These unscrupulous traders should be regarded as killers of innocent people; their charges among others, should all include killing charges.
Tanzania Consumer Advocacy Society is as an independent non governmental consumer organization; will always work hand in hand with all sectoral regulatory authorities, including TFDA to promote, protect, advocate, for consumers’ rights and responsibilities including the spirit of reporting any irregularities found in our markets.