A neurosurgeon, Dr. Biodun Ogungbo, on Wednesday raised fears over the quality of medicines sold in patent medicine stores, saying 40 per cent of drugs being offered for sale by them are expired.

Ogungbo, in a statement, said what was needed was proper re-orientation and health education of the general public to the serious dangers in the patronage of such places.

The statement was titled, “The Havoc of ‘Chemists and Patent’ Medicine Stores.

“Health is wealth; the eventual cost of managing the complications of diseases ‘bought’ from these patent medicine stores outweigh the cost of proper treatment in recognised hospitals and accredited health care facilities.

“The Pharmacy Board and Local Government officials have an important role to play in ensuring that only registered pharmacists own and manage patent medicine stores, dispensaries and pharmaceutical stores.

“Hospital staff must also ensure that all cases resulting from quackery that come to them should be reported to police for immediate investigation and action.

“Apart from been deprived of the correct drug, the customer is subjected to the harmful effects of using the wrong and potentially dangerous drug. Another source of danger is the sale of expired drugs. A look into the expiring date of drugs in this patent medicine store will reveal that up to 40 per cent of drugs being offered for sale are expired drugs,” Ogungbo said.

The expert added that it was unfortunate that the potency and efficacy of drugs sold at patent medicine stores could not be guaranteed.

“Manufacturers advice specific conditions for retailed drugs which are not met in the hot, dusty environment of these chemists. The issue of fake drugs must not be overlooked.

“Fake manufacturers collude with owners of patent medicine stores in the sale of fake drugs. Moreso, these people cannot distinguish between original and fake drugs. In actual fact, it is cheaper and more rewarding for them to buy fake drugs.

“This is not the first time that someone is going to call the attention of government and all Nigerians to the terrible dangers posed to the health of the nation by so-called patent medicine stores and local chemists,” he said.

 

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