The recent upserge in the illegal sale and use of tramadol has resulted in increase morbidity and mortality among the youth, which has led to psychiatric challenges as well as criminal and irrational behaviour in the country.
In effect, the national cost of administering drugs illegally cannot be quantified.Mr. Terra Nayarko, administrative member, Ashanti Regional coordinating council has said.
Speaking on behalf of the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah at the 14th national delegates congress of the over – the – counter medicine sellers association held in Kumasi today, Mr Terra Nayarko further indicated, the situation has compelled him, on behalf of the minister, to urge the association to continuesly renew their licenses as well as avail themselves to learn new and innovative trends in practice in order for them to do their work effectively and efficiently.
He anticipated that, the association would constantly meet to ensure that members conform to regulatory procedures so that their licenses as individuals and the association is not revoked.
“You should appreciate the fact that you are supposed to administer over-the – counter drugs and not class ‘A’ and ‘B’ prescription drugs. He told the association.
He advised them to always direct clients to pharmaceutical outlets when they bring class A and B prescription drugs request form to their outfit.
According to him, government acknowledges the important role the over 14,000 over-the-counter medicine outlets across the country play in our health delivery system and would partner with the association to ensure that they play their role for eventual good health of Ghanaians.
Mr. Terra Nayarko again indicated that, government is committed to the pharmacovigilance and regulation of the administration of medicines in order to avoid negative effects of poor administration of drugs.