Expert offers solution to menace of fake drugs

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

In a bid to proffer lasting solutions to the menace of fake drugs, in the healthcare delivery system, the Deputy Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor  Obafunke Denloye, has tasked Early Career Researchers (ECR), to develop effective technology that could be used to identify fake drugs.
She made the disclosure in her remarks during the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of Innovative Research 2019 (iResearch2019), entitled: Innovation for Development, held at the Paul Hendrickse Lecture Theatre, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
According to her these ECRs includes undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in the field.
Denloye described as alarming and worrisome, the rate at which fake drugs are circulating in the country, especially as to how innocent patients are falling victims while purchasing drugs prescribed for them by doctors.
Speaking at the three-day event, the Deputy Provost, who chaired the event, acknowledged the contribution of a pharmacist that developed a technology for detecting fake drugs, and said that ECRs too could develop a technology in Nigeria to check fake drugs.
She encouraged Early Career Researchers to conduct research in areas relevant to societal needs, adding that an idea becomes innovative when it stands out and truly makes customers’ lives easier.
The programme also featured paper presentations on an overview of research process, mentoring to succeed in research, innovative pitch, and gateway to an early research start.