The Liberia Medical Health Product and Regulatory Authority or LMHPRA in Monrovia has threatened to drastically deal with any or pharmacist caught selling counterfeit drugs in the country in accordance with the law.
The LMHPRA described counterfeit drugs as bad products that undermine the country’s health sector, indicating that individuals desirous of engaging in pharmaceutical business must be schooled in the discipline with the necessary requirements.
The Managing Director of LMHPRA, David Sumo, told a MICAT press briefing Monday on Capitol Hill that his institution will discourage unscrupulous pharmacists from ‘destroying’ the lives of ordinary citizens.
“Our mandate giving to us by the Law is to make sure that drugs coming into the country are safe and of high and good quality for use by the people,” he said.
The Managing Director noted that while the national government is thinking about providing finance for the purchase of efficient and effective drugs for patients in hospitals, it was a matter of must that Liberians prevent diseases.
He said most counterfeit drugs brought into the country were from European countries under the guise of donation to the country.
By Lewis S. Teh