We sell tramadol only to patients with prescription – Pharmacists

Mensah Philip/Rita Adjeley Adjei/Stephen Appiah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 14, GNA – Some pharmacists in a
random sample by the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Friday said they sell
tramadol only to patients with prescription by a medical doctor.

Mrs Asamoah Kakra, a Pharmacist at ANN’s
Pharmaceutical Shop at Sukura in Accra, said selling of tramadol was not
illegal but it must be under strict prescription.

She said most people were abusing or resorting
to the use of pain killers such as tramadol due to the nature of the work they
did, adding: “We need consistent public education on the side-effects of drug

Mrs Kakra explained that in recent times the
youth had resorted to the use of tramadol not for health reasons but for
emotional satisfaction.

She, therefore, advised them to stay out of
drug abuse, especially tramadol, because of the negative side-effects.

Mr Robert Tetteh, the Pharmacist of God Knows
Licensed Chemical Shop at Suncity in Tema West, told the GNA that the influx of
fake drugs was destroying the businesses of licenced pharmacists and posing a
threat to the health of the population.

He said scores of customers thought it was
rather cheaper to buy from unlicensed or illegal sellers without considering
the health implications.

Mr Francis Nuertey, owner of Nhyira Chemical
Shop in Tema, shared a personal experience where a neighbour died of malaria
due to the use of fake anti-malaria medicine she bought from an unlicensed

Miss Yaaya Ahmed, a Pharmacist at Ayea Adom
Drugstore, urged the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to intensify its
enforcement and surveillance on all illegal dealers to curb the menace from the

“All unlicensed chemical shops should be
closed down and not be allowed to operate,” she said.

Mr James Duah, a Nurse at Over-the-Counter
Pharmaceutical in Kumasi, in a telephone interview with the GNA, said licensed
pharmacy shops and drug sellers were ready to assist the FDA to fight the
activities of fake dealers.

“We are ready to help the FDA to fight the
activities of non-licensed pharmacies and those who sell fake drugs to the
people,” he said.

“Before one could operate a pharmacy shop, he
needs to go through a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course.”

Mr Duah said he had been in the business for
10 years and to qualify to sell drugs, one must be certified as it was
difficult for non-qualified drug sellers to read prescriptions from doctors.


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