Promotion of Domestics Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers

At least 80% of medicines used in Tanzania are imported. In order to promote domestic production of pharmaceuticals, several initiatives have been undertaken by the Government through TMDA.

The initiatives includes establishment of a special desk officer to deal with issues of domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers, providing technical support to domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers through site visits and offering of training to technical staff, conducting stakeholders meeting and preparing IEC materials to encourage establishment of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

The incentives which have been provided to domestic manufacturing facilities includes cancellation of VAT for manufacturing equipment, , reduction of processing application for products registration to half of the time required for foreign manufacturers, cancellation of medicines retention, importation fees for raw materials, exportation for finished products, alteration and inspection fees.

Manufacturers intending to establish new pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities are required to submit architectural plan of the facility to TMDA for review to ensure the plan meets GMP requirements. The approved plan should not be changed in the course of construction without approval by TMDA. More detailed procedure for establishment of pharmaceutical facilities are found in the Procedure for establishing a pharmaceutical plant in Tanzania.

As per May 2020, there were nine (9) pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in the country that are in operation of which two (2) are for veterinary medicines and seven (7) are for human pharmaceuticals manufacturing facilities. The dosage forms manufactured by these facilities include Solid Oral Dosage forms in form of tablets and capsule and oral liquid dosage forms (Dry powder for suspension and liquid orals), creams and ointments.

As per May 2020, there were nine (9) pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in the country that are in operation of which two (2) are for veterinary medicines and seven (7) are for human pharmaceuticals manufacturing facilities. The dosage forms manufactured by these facilities include Solid Oral Dosage forms in form of tablets and capsule and oral liquid dosage forms (Dry powder for suspension and liquid orals), creams and ointments.

The list of domestic facilities that are in operation are as indicated in the table below;

No. Name Location Type of products
Region District/Area
1. Zenufa Laboratories (T) Ltd Dar es Salaam No. 131/132, Kipawa, Industrial Area Human Medicines oral solids & liquids)
2. Shelys Pharmaceuticals Ltd Dar es Salaam Plot No. 696, Block No. 32, New Bagamoyo Road, Mwenge Human Medicines oral solids & liquids
3. Mansoor Daya Chemical Industries Ltd Dar es Salaam P.O. Box 2999, Dar es Salaam. Nyerere Road near TTC and Sigara, Dar es Salaam Human Medicines oral solids & liquids
4. Keko Pharmaceuticals (1997) Ltd Dar es Salaam P.O. Box 40164, Dar es Salaam. Adjacent to the Medical Stores Department, Keko Mwanga Human medicines oral solids
5. Prince Pharmaceuticals Ltd Mwanza Plot No. 4/1, Buhongwa Industrial Area, P.O. Box 11415 Human medicines External preparations
6. A.A Pharmaceuticals Ltd Dar es Salaam Plot No. 31,MbeziJuu, P.O. Box 105036, Human medicines External preparations
7. Sri Balaj Pharmaceuticals Ltd Dar es Salaam Ilala/Plot No. 12, Nyerere Road, Vingunguti, P.O Box 40201, Human medicines External preparations
8. Farmers Centre, Veterinary Pharmaceutical Factory Dar es Salaam Ilala/Plot No. 32 Block A, Industrial Area, P.O. Box 22779, Dar es Salaam Veterinary medicines Oral Liquids and powder
9. TVI (Tanzania Vaccines Institute Pwani Kibaha/ Lulanzi Industrial Area/ P.O.Box 30137, Kibaha.Pwani Veterinary Vaccines

Furthermore, twelve (12) facilities were under construction of which eight (9) are for human medicine and three (3) are for veterinary medicine. The dosage forms expected to be manufactured by these facilities include Large Volume Parenterals (LVP), Oral Liquids, powders, tablets, vaccines, topical formulations, creams, ointments and ophthalmic preparations. The list of the facilities that are under construction and products to be manufactured is as indicated below;

No. Name Location Type of products
1. Kairuki Pharmaceuticals Industry Ltd (KPIL) Pwani Plot No. 192, Zegereni Industrial Area , Kibaha Human medicines (large volume parenterals /IV fluids)
2. Biotec Laboratories Ltd Pwani Plot No. 60 & 62, Lulanzi, Kibaha Veterinary medicines Oral liquids and Powder
3. VistaPharma Ltd Pwani Plot No. 4, Zegereni Industrial Area, Kibaha Human medicines Oral liquids and Tablets
4. Hester Biosciences Africa Ltd Pwani Kitalu Na. 11&12, Tamco Industrial Estate – Kibaha Veterinary Vaccines
5. Afrikana Pharmaceuticals Ltd Pwani Kisemvule, Mkuranga Human medicines Topical formulations
6. Alfa Pharmaceuticals Ltd Dar es Salaam Plot No. 14, Mbagala, Temeke Human medicines Large volume parenterals /IV fluids
7. Afravet/Novel Vaccines and Biological Company Ltd (NOVABI) Morogoro Plot No. 91-96, Plot A, Kihonda, Morogoro Veterinary Vaccines
8. Farm Access Limited Arusha Ngaramtoni Ilkiushin, Arumeru Veterinary Medicines Oral Liquids and powder
9. Cure Afya Pharmaceuticals Ltd Pwani Kerege, Bagamoyo Human Medicines (External preparations), tablets, creams and Ointments
10. Emedics Pharmaceuticals Ltd Pwani Kerege, Bagamoyo Human Medicines (External preparations), tablets, creams and Ointments
11. Vine Vision Infusion Ltd Arusha Plot No. 1053 Moshomo, Arusha Human ophthalmic preparations
12. National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Dar es Salaam Mabibo,Dar es Salaam Human herbal medicines