Pharmacy head urges Pharmacy Council to enforce strict medication-selling regulations

Pharmacy head urges Pharmacy Council to enforce strict medication-selling regulations
Pharmacy Council at Ghana news agency

Mr Stephen Ohene Sabi, Head of Pharmacy at the Pleasant Medical Centre in , Middle East, has urged Ghana's Pharmacy Council to strictly enforce regulations governing the selling of medications.

He emphasized that the distribution of prescription drugs as over-the-counter medicines could have negative implications and enable self-medication.

Mr Sabi expressed his concerns during the “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility!” initiative by the Regional Office. He highlighted the ease with which people could obtain antibiotics and other prescription medications without proper diagnosis and medical guidance.

He also raised the issue of pharmacies operating without qualified pharmacists, noting that medicine counter assistants were often encountered instead.

Mr Sabi encouraged the public to request to see a qualified pharmacist when visiting a pharmacy to ensure appropriate diagnosis and medication.

Additionally, Mr Sabi cautioned against the abuse of sleeping pills and the potential for physical dependence. He advised individuals to understand the medication they were taking, including its side effects and recommended dosage, and to adhere to prescribed dosages without overdosing.

Furthermore, Mr Sabi emphasized the importance of seeking professional medical advice and avoiding irresponsible self-medication, particularly for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

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