On 17/Oct/2019 / In Medical News
The Team Lead of Alpha Specialties, Chimezie Obiwulu, has stated that the scourge of counterfeit drugs in Nigeria could be attributed to failure to enforce laws in the country. Obiwulu said this on the sidelines of the Medic West Africa Expo where over 200 exhibitors from more than 32 countries showcased the latest technology across the medical, pharmaceutical and laboratory industries.
He said, “Counterfeit drugs are a scourge in Nigeria. This can be attributed to laws that are not being enforced in addition to other factors. To curb this menace, mass orientation of the public on where to purchase quality medications is essential.
“Nigerians must be educated on how to identify accredited pharmacies and should be encouraged to purchase drugs from licensed pharmacists only. Technology should also be leveraged to address this problem. The mobile authentication service used to verify the authenticity of some drugs should extend to all drugs.”
Obiwulu added that laws guiding drug distribution should be enforced and adhered to by all stakeholders.
“Self-medication, another prevalent issue among Nigerians, needs to be addressed urgently. People need to be educated on the dangers of self-medication. Self-medication can cause drug resistance which can potentially lead to death. Stakeholders, including pharmaceutical bodies, regulatory bodies, government and pharmacists, are required to come together to educate the populace on this issue,” Obiwulu said.
He added that the firm aimed to provide quality medical equipment to health care facilities across the country.
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