Poor quality local drug supplies worry Malawi medical stores

The Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) officials have warned against provision of low quality medical supplies by local suppliers to the trust.

The trust issued the warning after noticing that most local medical suppliers are supplying them with drugs, which do not comply with required specifications and other quality requirements as stipulated in the agreements.

The tendency, they say, would greatly affect drug availability in various public hospitals across the country.

CMST embarked on “Buy Malawi Campaign” in which the trust procured medicines and medical supplies from local suppliers in order to improve their stock.

However, they have been supplied with items that do not contain some important details like expiry dates, manufacturing dates and other vital information.

CMST officials said in a statement that the trust has been rejecting some of these supplies and continue to do so a development which poses a challenge to their objective; to replenish stocks in a timely manner.

The trust has since appealed to local medical suppliers to consider the quality of their products before offering it to the trust.

They have also warned that such neglectful behavior would lead CMST into reporting such suppliers to relevant authorities for possible blacklisting.

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