KAPI is a membership organization established in the late 1960’s by a small group of research and development based pharmaceutical companies: with the objective of representing and promoting the interests of the Pharmaceutical industry in Kenya. KAPI has a long history that mirrors the economic journey of Kenya and East Africa. It was once a regional body (EAPI) that represented the interests of its members in the wider East Africa area but which was later registered as a Kenyan institution on 10th October 1978. KAPI is a membership organization bringing together pharmaceutical companies who research, develop, manufacture and bring to market novel (new) drugs. It also draws its membership from among others, Medical device companies in Kenya. The New 2015 KAPI constitution expanded its mandate to include eligible companies dealing with all health products and technologies. The new inventions by member companies are offered globally, including Kenya.
Member companies have global operations and their local presence in Kenya includes activities such as research, manufacturing, clinical trials, drug registration, scientific offices, marketing, importation and distribution of medicines across the country and in the Eastern Africa region. Individual member companies in KAPI are involved in various healthcare initiatives to mitigate the effects of serious diseases, some of which are more prevalent in developing countries and could be neglected if only pure commercial interests were to be considered. These diseases include infections such as TB, Malaria, HIV, Sleeping Sickness and so on.
KAPI’s key objective is to ensure access to first class quality medicines by clinicians and patients where needed in all regions and to educate and train users on appropriate use of these medicines. KAPI also act as the voice of the industry, working in collaboration with the health authorities, regulatory authority, pharmacists, clinicians and other stakeholders to foster and create an enabling environment for delivery of quality healthcare in Kenya for the benefit of patients and consumers at large.
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