MECHANISM TO CHECK INFLUX OF FAKE DRUGS UNDERWAY IN BAYELSA

By Anthony Anyalewechi,Yenagoa.

The Managing Director of the Bayelsa State Drugs Distribution Centre, Pham. (Mrs.) Tamaraotare Owota Johnson has assured residents of preparedness the state government to put an end to influx of fake and substandard drugs, particularly the newly established centre she said, will be saddled with responsibility of sanitizing the pharmaceutical in industry in the state on the dangers of substandard drugs.

Mrs. Johnson who stated this in an exclusive chat with New Statesman in her office, in Yenagoa, said the Drugs Distribution Centre will be commissioned soon and put into use, to usher in a new order and dispensation of safe, affordable and qualitative drugs to patients across the state.

While she explained that the centre will become a beehive of activities following a concluded plan to bring in registered drug manufacturers and the National Agency for the Administration of Food and Drugs Control (NAFDAC), she noted that all the effort was in bid to ensure safety and potency in the pharmaceutical industry in the state.

She also explained that the drugs distribution centre has already established a robust relationship with the Bayelsa state Health Insurance Scheme, (BHIS) as all certified hospitals or health centres by BHIS will only get their prescribed drugs from the centre, emphasizing that they will also supply registered public and retail pharmaceutical outfits.

The essence, according to her, was to ensure that all pharmacists in the state attach value to the sale of drugs to the public and give the industry a new lease of life.