Cote d’Ivoire authorities work to stamp out uncontrolled sale of medicines

People in the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan, can be seen leaving the doctor’s office, prescription in hand, heading not to the pharmacy but to Roxy market in the Adjame neighbourhood, where the same medicines can be had for a fraction of the price.
That is a problem, according to health officials who recently launched a campaign to stem the uncontrolled sale of prescription drugs.

“When people buy medicines in the streets it poses many problems, including inappropriate medicines for the condition, incorrect dosage, lack of knowledge of interactions with other medicines, and lack of surveillance by a medical professional,” said World Health Organization spokesperson Daniela Bagozzi.

She added, “It’s part of an overall problem of the supply of quality medicines in the developing world.”