More than 800 people have been arrested and 994 illegal pharmaceutical outlets closed in the ongoing crackdown by the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
Out of the number, 89 are from Nairobi.
Speaking after a crackdown in Kisumu last week, the board’s director Jecinta Wasike said those arrested would be taken to court.
They will be charged with various counts, including operating chemists illegally.
“We wish to assure the public of our determination in ensuring the quality of service and products they receive is of utmost standard,” she said urging Kenyans to buy medicine and seek pharmaceutical services from registered premises which can be identified using the Health Safety Code.
Chemists must be registered by the board and given health codes through which they are identified.
Customers can verify the codes by sending them through SMS to 21031.
The crackdown began in 2016.