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UNTH moves against fake drugs

By  Tony Edike

ENUGU—IN a bid to check the use of fake and substandard drugs in the hospital, the management of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State has launched the ‘UNTH Essential Medicine List,’ detailing the list of approved drugs that would be administered on its patients.

The Essential Medicine List, EML, was compiled in August 2007 by the UNTH Drug and Therapeutics Committee, DTC, which was established by the World Health Organization, WHO, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the UNTH Management, the same year.

Prior to the EML, there was proliferation of aggressive adverts by drug representatives, lack of access to updated independent drug information system, poor communication between healthcare professionals,  coupled with poor funding, nightmarish drug procurement, and unchecked favoritisms by drug companies.

The committee observed that this led to “poly-pharmacy, out of stock syndrome, high cost of medicines, patient’s inability to afford their prescription and collapsing healthcare system.”

Chairman of the committee, Dr. I. J. Okorafor, said during the launch that the  EML was a standard medicine list that would address problems associated with drug procurement and administration, adding that it contains medicines adjusted to satisfy the healthcare needs of the majority of the UNTH patients.


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