BY PATRICK TOM
Selling drugs on the street without a license is illegal and puts buyers at risk, said Navin Raju, managing director of City Pharmacy Limited.
He pointed out that many people know that prescription drugs can come with warnings and known side effects.
Mr. Raju said that the abuse of these prescription drugs increases the risk of experiencing these problems, with the risk of fatal side effects.
He said the drugs should only be taken under the supervision of a medical professional.
“Their advice on whether a drug is right for you, dosage, possible side effects and any harmful interactions with other drugs is crucial. It’s unclear what you’re getting when you make a purchase on the street” , did he declare.
“All medicines must have a batch number for traceability purposes and an expiry date.”
Mr Raju said CPL advises the public to always get their medicines from a reputable pharmacy or outlet.
He said it’s never a good idea to take a prescription drug without a valid prescription.
The drug may not be right for you and may lead to unpleasant side effects or serious health risks.
“Medicines should not be considered as consumer products. Fake drugs can cause real damage to your health.
“Don’t be tempted by spam emails advertising cheap drugs. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” he said.
“You can also check the pharmacist’s registration status by searching for the name and address of the pharmacy.”
Mr Raju said drugs sold on the street can be shoddy at best and dangerous at worst.
What you receive in the mail may be a new, counterfeit, substandard or unapproved drug, which may put your health and safety at risk.