(1998; 18 pages)
Advertising of medicinal drugs in the media - regulations
Zambia. The Pharmacy, Medicines & Poisons Board has published Gazette Notice No. 622 of 19 December 1997 stating that, in accordance with the provisions of the Pharmacy and Poisons (Medicines) (Importation, Manufacture and Sale) Order, 1993, S.I. No. 47 of 1993:
a) no medicine is allowed to be advertised except in accordance with information submitted with the application for product information;
(b) no person is allowed to advertise prescription medicine in the public media except with the written permission of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board;
(c) it is unlawful for any person to import, manufacture or distribute any medicinal drug in Zambia without a licence and authorization from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
Therefore it is important to note that:
(1) The Pharmacy and Poisons Act and the Regulations cited above provide for punishable offences for persons who contravene the relevant provisions, which punishment includes imprisonment of up to six months when convicted.
(2) Persons found acting contrary to the provisions cited above will be arrested and prosecuted forthwith.
(3) all advertisements contravening the provisions cited above should be withdrawn immediately.
Reference: Communication from the Pharmacy, Medicines & Poisons Board, Lusaka, 16 February 1998, enclosing Gazette Notice No. 622 dated 19 December 1997.