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The Pharmacy Board of Sierra in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has destroyed counterfeit, expired and substandard medicines worth over three hundred million Leones. This destruction exercise is a continuous process which the Board has engaged in over the years as a means of ensuring public health safety of the country. The exercise was conducted 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. 

Speaking before the destruction exercise commenced, Pharm. Wiltshire Johnson the registrar of the Pharmacy Board noted that the exercise should have been simultaneously taken place countrywide but because of the state of public health emergency imposed by the government in order to curb the spread of the Ebola disease, the Board was unable to conduct the destruction exercise in the provinces. He added 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 Minister that these medicines were retrieved during the Board’s routine inspection exercise adding that some of them were confiscated from drug peddlers, and others retrieved from drug stores, patents shops and pharmacies.  

Pharm. Wiltshire Johnson alluded to the fact that this was not the first time such exercise has been conducted in the country which according to him demonstrates the dedication of the Pharmacy Board in making sure that the country achieves its goals in medicines safety especially during this time of our country’s history when we are faced with such a dreadful disease.

He assured the public that more will be done and expressed appreciation for the support of the Ministry, the Government and other stakeholders in making sure that the mandate of the Board is fulfilled to a very reasonable level.

The Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abubakrr Fofanah expressed the determination of the Government to ensure that the public receives good quality, safe and efficacious medicines.  He noted among other things that for any healthcare system to succeed there must be good and efficacious medicines and the government of Sierra Leone through the Pharmacy Board are more than committed to ensure that our people benefit from good and safe medicines. He added that the government will continue to support the Pharmacy Board in its effort to eradicate the influx of counterfeit and substandard medicines which poses danger to the public.  He said the consumption of counterfeit medicines will lead to many negative effects adding that it will not heal the patient and sometimes it will even lead to loss of life. 

The Minister reiterated that such destruction exercise is an indication of the drive of the government of Sierra Leone through the Pharmacy Board to relentlessly protect the health of its citizenry despite the numerous challenges.
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