hadi tunaingia makaburini sisi ni watu wa magumashi tu,hadi kwenye swala la maisha yetu wenyewe! hebu soma hii: FAKE!FAKE! Tetracycline By The Express Reporter, Dar es Salaam Fake versions of the antibiotic Tetracycline have infiltrated the market in Dar es Salaam and upcountry, courtesy of a well-established syndicate, The Express can reveal today. Investigations by The Express have confirmed that the ring is based in Dar es Salaam, and has a slick, well-drilled network of agents in the city and up country, even selling their wares abroad. Samples obtained by this paper from inside the ring indicate that the culprits have perfected their antics in the tricks of the trade, churning out the drug in capsules, in trademark red and yellow capsules. Investigations have also revealed that the fake version is supplied to pharmacists who are inside the ring, but also to unsuspecting chemists in the city and upcountry. The bogus drugs are supplied in sachets, plastic tins and can be packaged to imitate any manufacturer, with the textual information on the sachet indicating that the contents have been made in Kenya. The culprits have gone to capsules because they are difficult to detect by the eye or through testing, unlike tablets which mostly start to melt while in the mouth. In addition, it has been established, the fake Tetracycline makers mark the drugs as made in Kenya, taking a ride on the near incorrigible affinity for Kenyan drugs of Tanzanian users. A survey has shown that a large number of drugs in pharmacies in this country are made in Kenya. Kenya used to be a good producer of drugs, following investment there by global pharmaceutical giants. But the countrys credibility in drugs has deteriorated into notoriety, following the emergence of local imitators of generic drugs. The Kenyan underground drug industry is a by-product of the vibrant informal sector there, baptized jua kali. This paper has established that the supply of the fake Tetracycline from Dar es Salaam is done through a chain of agents, and a person who is not an insider in the ring cannot buy the drugs. The gang is headquartered in Keko, a slum area notorious for being a haven for pickpockets, bandits and a myriad of hard core criminals, plus being a base for black market dealers in various goodies. Investigations have also established that the gang obtains empty capsules from drug manufacturers in the city. Most of the capsules are smuggled by dishonest employees out of Keko Pharmaceuticals factory, a leading local drug producer. This paper has also established that apart from supplying pharmacies in this country, the ring also exports their concoctions to the lawless DRC, where antibiotics are sold on the open market like sweets. The revelation comes at a time when the local market is tottering on the brink of a no-holds-barred business anarchy, with hundreds of fake goods infiltrating from both local and international malefactors. To date, the government has not been able to crack down on a single ring of product-fakers, despite the presence of watchdog bodies like the Tanzania Bureau of Standards, the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority and the Fair Competition Commission. The tetracycline antibiotic, popularly known as rangi mbili, is Tanzanias most used antimicrobial drug, making it a ripe target for the fake products operators, who target fast-selling consumer items. Ironically, it is also the most abused antibiotic, easily bought over the counter and used by sick people to treat almost all types of infection in a national buy-and-swallow frenzy. The combination of over use and abuse of Tetracycline drastically increases the consumption of the drug, which means the fakes are deluding millions of Tanzanians who swallow them in the hope of recovery. It has not been established what the counterfeiters put in the capsules, although investigations have shown that one of the ingredients used by the crooks is maize flour. Sources conversant with the ring have told this paper more dangerous things could go into the capsules, as the fake Tetracycline makers are profit-minded and oblivious to the health effects of their concoctions. The exposition of fake Tetracycline adds to the growing list of counterfeit versions produced locally by villains. Other imitations are for tea, tomato sauce, wood glue, cigarettes, and shoe polish. Tanzania is now the second country in the East African Community to be duped by pseudo medicines, following Kenyans being harmed by falling victim to local producers there, who come out with a lot of fake drugs.