posted on May 14, 2016 04:41
The Pharmacy Board of Sierra in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has destroyed counterfeit, expired and substandard medicines worth over seven hundred million Leones. This destruction exercise is a continuous process which the Board has been engaged in over the years as a means of ensuring public health and safety in the country. The exercise was conducted on the 28th April, 2016 in full view of stakeholders, the media and civil society, attracting commendation from the public and establishing trust in the country’s medicines supply chain.
Immediately before the commencement of the destruction exercise, Pharm. Wiltshire Johnson, the Registrar of the Pharmacy Board, noted that the Board and the Ministry have come a long way to ensure that people of this country have access to good quality, efficacious and safe medicines. The Registrar informed the public that these medicines were retrieved during the Board’s routine inspection exercise, adding that some of them were retrieved from drug peddlers, and others retrieved from drug stores, patents shops and some pharmacies.
Pharm. Wiltshire Johnson alluded to the fact that this was not the first time such an exercise has been conducted in the country which according to him demonstrated the dedication of the Pharmacy Board in achieving its aims and objectives in medicines regulation. He expressed appreciation for the support provided by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Government and other stakeholders in making sure that the mandates of the Board are implemented to a very reasonable level.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madinatu Rahman, expressed the determination of the Government to ensure that the public receives good quality, safe and efficacious medicines. She noted amongst others that the success of any healthcare system depends on the availability of good quality and efficacious medicines. She went further to state that the government of Sierra Leone through the Pharmacy Board is more than committed to ensure that the people of Sierra Leone benefit from good quality and safe medicines. She called on the public and all stakeholders to be involved in the medicines distribution chain to continue to support the Pharmacy Board in its effort to eradicate the influx of counterfeit and substandard medicines which poses danger to the public. She said the consumption of counterfeit medicines may lead to many negative effects, including therapeutic failure and even loss of life.
The Deputy Minister reiterated that such destruction exercise is a good indication of the Ministry’s determination through the Pharmacy Board to relentlessly protect the health of its citizenry despite the numerous challenges.