Unregulated Online Drug Stores May Compound Nigeria’s Supply Chain-PCN Registrar

Unregulated Online Drug Stores May Compound Nigeria’s Supply Chain-PCN Registrar

Allowing the proliferation of online platforms offering medicines for sale without appropriate regulations poses danger to the health of Nigerians, experts have warned.

The experts, Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Elijah Mohammed, and immediate past national chairman of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria, Dr Lolu Ojo, spoke with PUNCH Healthwise.

They said though the world had gone digital,it is imperative to regulate onlinesales of medicines to safeguard the health of Nigerians.

PUNCH HealthWise investigations revealed that the number of online stores offering medicines for sale to Nigerians in the last couple of years has increased, with many of the stores ready to deliver the drugs to buyers in their homes.

Investigations revealed further that while some of the online platforms are dedicated to exclusively selling medications and are managed by pharmacists or linked to some registered pharmacists, there are also many platforms neither managed by pharmacists nor linked to any registered pharmacies, yet they sell all sorts of medications, including prescription drugs.

SOURCE: PUNCH Newspaper


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