Some time back in your newspapers I vividly recalled that you carried an article featuring a Vishwamintra Persaud who was charged and remanded to prison for allegedly selling Pharmaceuticals without being a registered Pharmacist. While this matter is still engaging the attention of the Courts I want to make it clear that Mr. Persaud is not the only one that maybe involved in this practice.
Instead of the Ministry of Health or the relevant authorities going after just one person, Mr. Persaud in this case, they should launch a countrywide campaign to curb this illegal practice. Most times I would enter a Pharmacy I will see some very incompetent person(s) dispensing drugs to the public.
There is supposed to be on display in the pharmacy a certificate of the Pharmacist but most of these drug stores or pharmacies do not have that on display. Instead what you can find is a Pharmacist certificate of the owner of the Pharmacy who most of the times is a qualified pharmacist.
However, he or she is often not there, which leaves us the public at the mercy of these highly incompetent individuals who at some point in time I’m almost sure must have given a wrong medication to someone.
Matter of fact, very recently I went into a drug store to purchase a bottle of Tussadryl multi symptoms. To my amusement when I asked the individual over the counter if she had that kind of Tussadryl she said yes and handed me a bottle of Tussadryl cough and cold instead. Now if she is going to make such a mistake on a simple over-the-counter drug then imagine what will she do later on?
My take is that instead of going after one individual and allowing it to look as if it is something personal against Mr Persaud it is more ideal to launch a countrywide campaign and justify your actions. In this way we will have the right people to do the job because we cannot afford to have inexperienced persons making mistakes with people’s lives.