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‘African nations should regulate on-line pharmacies to curb drug abuse, misuse’

Yusuff Moshood

The African Pharmaceutical Discussion board, the fifth regional discussion board of the Worldwide Pharmaceutical Federation has known as on drug regulators in Africa to enact legal guidelines to information the apply of internet-based pharmacy within the continent.

In line with the APF, nations throughout the continent should start to control and management internet-based pharmacy providers to forestall in addition to curb drug abuse and misuse.

The APF warned that the absence of clear legal guidelines and rules on on-line medication gross sales and advertising poses a giant threat to the continent.

Making the decision on the 2021 Hybrid Regional Workshop of the African Pharmaceutical Discussion board, held in Lagos, the APF President, Dr. Prosper Hiag flayed the indiscriminate on-line commercial and sale of each over-the-counter and prescription medicines, noting that drug regulatory authorities within the continent ought to step up the enforcement of mandatory legal guidelines on commercial and gross sales of medicines. 

Talking additional on the workshop themed: ‘Technological Improvements for Pharmacy in Africa amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Dr. Hiag said that the viral pandemic has led to a rise in using technological improvements within the pharmaceutical sector.

He added that the pandemic has additionally supplied African nations the chance to develop native data technology-driven options that may assist them attain and serve sufferers higher.

Presenting his keynote deal with on the workshop, Dr. John Serbe Marfo of Kwame Nkrumah College of Science and Know-how, Ghana urged pharmacists to be extra proactive in utilizing technological innovation to enhance pharmaceutical providers as they’ve executed in the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Pharmacists, he mentioned, should additionally embrace the teachings learnt in the course of the pandemic, particularly within the space of digital data, noting that the survival of pharmacists and pharmacies relies upon largely on how pharmacy practitioners leverage know-how for progress.

He famous that using some digital apps aided communication of pharmacists with shoppers tremendously within the warmth of the COVID-19 lockdown when bodily conferences had been restricted, noting that a number of the apps could possibly be appropriately tailored and adopted by practitioners. 

He confused the necessity for the adoption of technological improvements within the logistics and provide chain of medicines, noting that it could assist deal with the issue of uncoordinated drug distribution channels in lots of African nations.

Dr. Marfo additionally urged the African Pharmaceutical Regulatory Businesses and Tutorial Establishments to make sure that the coaching of pharmacy college students and practitioners is in tandem with present and applicable technological improvements. 

Nationwide governments within the continent, he added must also recognise neighborhood pharmacies as vaccine administration centres to extend vaccination protection in Africa.

He said additional that neighborhood pharmacists are strategically positioned and trusted in the neighborhood for his or her position in offering entry to medicines, noting that the practitioners equally present treatment counseling, well being schooling, and advert occasion reporting and monitoring amongst others.

He additionally known as for a standard pharmacy regulatory physique for the African continent, noting that, it may assist cut back forms in resolution making about medicines within the continent.

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