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Warning to broadcasting houses on unlawful advertisement of herbal

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

It is a legal requirement that all drug-related adverts and promotions of whatever nature MUST receive prior authorization from National Drug Authority. Broadcasting stations that advertise herbal medicines without obtaining evidence of NDA approval for the respective adverts are hereby warned to desist from this practice. According to the recent surveillance of broadcasting stations, seven media houses around Kampala among others are involved in unlawful and misleading advertisement of herbal medicines contrary to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act Cap 2016, Statutory Instrument No.33 of 2014 - The National Drug Policy and Authority Act (Publication and advertisement relating to drugs) Regulations 2014 and the guidelines on control of publication and advertisement relating to drugs. These include radio stations, Television stations and Print media. Some of the offenders have started using social and interactive media including Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter to disseminate misleading herbal drug related information.

Note that all drug related adverts shall not, through selection of testimonials or other evidence which is not representative of the products effectiveness, make exaggerated claims or claim that it possesses special properties or quality which cannot be established or substantiated; parading of patients and any form of act likely to violate patients' right to privacy with or without consent is not acceptable.

Surveillance of media is continuing and the public is hereby encouraged to forward complaints related to irrational (herbal) drugs advertisement to:

National Drug Authority is committed to seeing a Uganda with safe, effective quality medicines and health care products.