World Pharmacy Day: PSN cautions Nigerians against online purchase of drugs

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)  in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital cautioned  Nigerians against the use of online pharmacy in purchasing prescription drugs.

The state  Chairman of PSN, Kwara Chapter, Mr Aliu Bakau gave the warning at a Press Conference to mark the World Pharmacy Day Celebration 2019.

The theme for this years celebration is ” Safe and Effective Medicines for all”.

Bakau said prescription drugs must be authorized and prescribed by doctors and pharmacists, adding that the requirements for prescription drugs is interface between the patient and doctors and the pharmacists.

The PSN Chairman explained that PSN is not averse to technological innovations and development. However, he observed that technology has its own limitations.

Drugs are not commodities that should be sold through supermarkets, kiosks and hawkers. There are standardized outlets for pharmaceuticals,” he said.

He advised people to go on scheduled visits to  their doctors and pharmacists, adding that diseases can be managed and patient need not die from their diseases.

Bakau urged Nigerians to always keep their drugs at required temperature, while pledging that pharmacists are ready to partner with States and Federal Governments to provide safe and effective medicine for the people across the country.

Also speaking, the Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Kwara Ministry of Health, Dr Barakat Olarewaju said the PSN, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other relevant agencies are cooperating so as to fight the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria.

She explained that the watch word is to reduce demand for controlled drugs and only make it available to patients who have legitimate need for them.

Dr Olarewaju said that even pharmacists are required to sell these drugs under stringent conditions.

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