The acting registrar of the Sierra Leone Pharmacy Board, Wiltshire C.N Johnson, has highlighted the deplorable state of pharmaceutical practice in the country and vehemently condemned it.
During a sensitization meeting on good distribution practice of regulated pharmaceutical products on Thursday at the nursing hall, Lightfoot-Boston Street in Freetown, Mr Johnson said the proliferation of hawkers, illicitly trading of pharmaceutical products possessed a serious health risk.
In his presentation on wholesale practices of pharmaceutical products and its impact on public health in the country, Mr Johnson maintained that the state of pharmaceutical service delivery was appalling.
He disclosed that, “pharmaceutical service delivery in the country is in disarray,” adding that the services provided by some pharmacists and those in the pharmaceutical business are not contributing to the improvement and protection of public health to the extent at which it is expected.”
The newly appointed acting registrar put it bluntly to stakeholders that were in attendance: “many of you, if not all are involved in the sale of prescription and non-prescription drugs to hawkers.”
Mr Johnson pointed out that the medicine had been used by some as a source for making money and little on no attention was being paid to it fundamental use, which was to heal.
He also disclosed that the state of some drugs stores that claimed to be pharmacies were terribly unhygienic, which was an insult to a profession were hygiene is paramount.
Mr Johnson explained that the temperatures of some of these stores were not conducive for the storage of drugs as they at times depreciated their medicinal value.
“Most wholesalers buy fake drugs, some importers import counterfeit or substandard drugs,” such act, Mr Johnson said, “is worst than what the rebels did because you are killing people slowly who have worked hard for their money hoping to get heal.”
He called on all stakeholders to put shoulders to the wheel to address the situation before it got worsened than what it was currently.
In his introduction earlier Mr Komeh said the Pharmacy Board regulatory team was a no nonsense one, which was determined to change the current trend of activities in the pharmaceutical business in the country, and called on all including law enforcement agencies to come on board in achieving their objectives.