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ZAMRA scraps Honeybee Pharmacy licence

THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has revoked Honeybee Pharmacy Limited’s licence and dismissed claims that the two parties were negotiating for an out of court settlement.

ZAMRA in a press release issued yesterday stated that it had revoked Pharmaceutical Licence Number PL/5-00091/19 that was issued to Honeybee Pharmacy.

This was “for contravening terms and conditions of the pharmaceutical licence, failure to carry out remedial measures as outlined in the notice of intent to revoke the pharmaceutical licence and for ceasing to carry on business as Honeybee Pharmacy without giving notice to the Authority,” said ZAMRA Senior Public Relations Officer Christabel Mutale Iliamupu.

Ms Lliamupu also dismissed media reports that the two entities were engaged in an out of court settlement.

“To this effect, the Authority has since directed Honeybee Pharmacy to surrender the aforementioned licence to the Authority and further ordered that medical products on their premises be quarantined until further guidance from the Authority,” she said.

But in an affidavit in support of notice to adjourn the matter filed in the Lusaka High Court on February 5, 2021, HoneyBee’s lawyer Emmanuel Lilanda of Messrs Tutwa S. Ngulube and Company sought for the adjournment of the matter which was scheduled for an inter parte hearing of an injunction on February 8 this year before Judge Catherine Lombe Phiri.

 In this matter, HoneyBee Pharmacy Limited is seeking an order to stop the ZAMRA from revoking its licence.

He stated that ZAMRA would not suffer any prejudice if the matter was adjourned to another date to be agreed on by the parties.

 The pharmaceutical company wants the Lusaka High Court to order that the matter be referred to arbitration as per the provisions of the contract governing the relationship between it and the procuring entity.

Honeybee also wants an order of interim injunction to restrain ZAMRA by itself, agents or whomsoever from revoking its pharmaceutical licence and publish any information on social media and other platforms calculated at injuring its reputation and any other reliefs deemed fit.

By GRACE CHAILE-LESOETSA

“To this effect, the Authority has since directed Honeybee Pharmacy to \

 In this matter, HoneyBee Pharmacy Limited is seeking an order to stop the ZAMRA from revoking its licence.

He stated that ZAMRA would not suffer any prejudice if the matter was adjourned to another date to be agreed on by the parties.

 The pharmaceutical company wants the Lusaka High Court to order that the matter be referred to arbitration as per the provisions of the contract governing the relationship between it and the procuring entity.

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