There are many pharmaceutical companies in Kenya. The country, located in the east of Africa, is the 5th largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is also the dominant economy in the East African Community (EAC), with 40% of the entire region GDP.
Kenya pharmaceutical field is a growing sector, with a lot of opportunities for investors to tap into due to the ever-increasing population (47.6 million in 2019), urbanization and government spending on medicine. Kenya also has political stability, a stable power supply, low inflation rates. The sector is valued above $1 billion.
The Kenya Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Sector
Kenya is the 3rd largest exporter of pharmaceuticals in Africa, and the leading pharmaceutical producer in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The Big Four Agenda by the government seeks to empower the manufacturing sector, including pharmaceutical manufacturing in Kenya.
The biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers in Kenya are Beta Healthcare Ltd., Cosmos Limited, Dawa Limited, Elys Chemical Industries Ltd., GSK, Laboratory and Allied Ltd, Regal Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Universal Corporation Ltd. There are 35 licensed pharmaceutical manufacturers in Kenya.
The companies produce mostly generic drugs using imported raw materials (Tablets, capsules, creams, ointments and liquids). They serve 30% of Kenya local drug needs and export to their neighbouring countries such as Tanzania, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda. However, in the area of research and development (R&D), pharmaceutical companies in Kenya are much limited.
Pharmaceutical companies in Nairobi areas make up much of the list. Not all the companies in this list are manufacturers, some of them are pharmaceutical distributors in Kenya. Others are wholesalers, retailers, and government research and regulatory agencies.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) of Kenya is the main Drug Regulatory Authority. They license all pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. Also, they make sure they are certified with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards and also Good Distribution Practices (GDP) before product registration.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers in Kenya also have an umbrella body, Kenya Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (FKPM) to serve their interest in policies.
Kenya Pharmaceutical Companies with their Contact Details
Access Alliance LTD
Western Heights, 7th Floor, Karuna Road, Westlands,
P.O. Box 28560 – 00100,
+254 706 622647
House of Aesthetics, Pemba St, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 711 118 148
Alpha Medical Manufacturers
P.O. Box 42455-00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Road C, Off Enterprise Road, Industrial Area
254 721 504000 | 254 734 785363 | 254 752 323398
Avenue 5 Rose Avenue
P.O Box 10107, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel:+254 20 2714812
Autosteile(EA) Limited, Shreeji Road, off Eastern By-Pass– Embakasi.
Cell Phone : (+254) 724 256 070
Telephone : (020) 2329481
Bayer East Africa Limited
Thika Super Highway/ Outering Road Junction, Ruaraka, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 8600000
B. Braun Medical Gulf Kenya Ltd.
Mombasa Road Crater Automobile Building, 6th Floor
00100 Nairobi Kenya
+254 712 156156
BEA Pharmaceuticals Company Ltd
Pili Trade Centre, Old Mombasa Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 2666440
Benmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd
P.O Box. No: 22128-00400, Nairobi, Kenya
Plot No. 4953/1295 Thika Industrial town.
+254 – 20 – 318487 | +254 – 20 – 2224162
Mogadishu Road off Lunga Lunga Road, Industrial Area, Nairobi.
+254 (020) 265 2042, +254 (020) 265 2089, +254 724 257 072/073, +254 735 992 699/599
Biodeal Laboratories Ltd
123 Lunga Lunga Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 6530593
P. O. Box 32547 (00600) Nairobi – Kenya Serengeti House Factory Street. Industrial Area
+254 – 20 – 550 640 / 8 | +254 – 20 – 374 4046
Centrale Humanitaire Médico-Pharmaceutique (CHMP)
Nairobi National Park East Gate Road, Off Mombasa Road.
10397-00400, Nairobi, Kenya.
+254 20 260 3660 /1, +254 733 729 634, +254 0113 871 576
Lunga Lunga Road, off Rangwe Road. Nairobi, Kenya
254 (0) 709 864 000 | 254 (0) 722 333 834 | 254 (0) 733 666 834