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Health News of Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Source: starrfmonline.com

Pharmacists worried over 'inefficient' drugs to patients

Pharmacists in the Western Region have raised an alarm over the efficacy of drugs dispensed to patients in some facilities.

The pharmacists claim the load shedding is making it difficult for some health facilities to store drugs.

They fear many patients could have complications as a result of the situation.

Deputy Director of pharmaceutical services at the Kwesimintim Hospital Kwadwo Okyere Apenteng told Starr News many of the critical drugs are losing their efficacy as a result of the power situation.

“Certain drugs are supposed to be stored in a cold environment or be refrigerated.

“For instance, Insulin (for the treatment of diabetes) is supposed to be in a fridge so if it’s kept in a hot environment, it loses its potency and cannot perform just like anti-rabies and many others.

“There are drugs we give to women in labour if those drugs lose their potency and do not work, it can lead to various implications for the expectant mother and even the baby yet to be born and that is very dangerous,” he warned.

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