LMHRA Warns Public Against Buying Expired, Counterfeit Drugs

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority, David Sumo, has warned the general public against buying expired and counterfeit drugs without any medical prescription, saying that “the drugs could breakdown the body and kill you.”Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry’s regular Ebola Hour press briefing on Capitol Hill, Mr. Sumo said there were many people importing expired and counterfeit drugs and others of low content, which do not have the capacity to heal anyone from their illness.According to Mr. Sumo, most of the counterfeit and expired drugs are transported overnight by trucks and other small vehicles from neighboring countries, including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.  This poses a serious challenge for the LMHRA in their regulating responsibility.“They cross illegally and bring in some of the drugs that are not allowed on our markets or may be questionable in terms of their quality. We have to beef up our surveillance to make sure that we have [honest and credible] people at the various border points,” said Mr. Sumo.He explained that LMHRA is working with importers of drugs to make sure that their products meet regulatory requirements including prolonged effectiveness before expiration date.The Managing Director disclosed: “If you go to other markets, including Red Light, Waterside, Duala and Rally Time,  the drugs sellers are all around selling these drugs without licenses. We have those carrying drugs in the buckets and treating people with some counterfeit and expired medicines,” Mr. Sumo warned.These illegal practices are on the rise in the country, including the expired drugs, counterfeits and the illegal importation of these drugs, he said.  He described the selling of these drugs in market places and in buckets as a serious challenge for LMHRA.He further disclosed that the LMHRA is working closely in collaboration with the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA),  to ensure that these illegal importers of drugs are arrested and proper border security are put in place.“We have confronted the security on several occasions about the illegal practices which are putting peoples’ lives at risk.  We have to continue to do something about it to ensure that Liberia graduates from such bad practices,” said Mr. Sumo.According to him, the issue of selling drugs on the street and in market places was banned in many countries, including East Africa that have developed and are enforcing rules and regulations to ensure that expired and counterfeit drugs are off the markets.“We are in a modern era and should not be selling drugs in buckets to people.   Such practices should be curtailed and contained in Liberia. This will stop them from risking our peoples’ lives, especially when our people are trying to seek treatment during illness. We have to nail it and nail it for good, no matter who gets affected in the process,” he declared.Mr. Sumo continued, “People need to learn to do the right thing and avoid doing things that negatively affect other people. Many people have been [adversely] affected by these expired and counterfeit drugs.”Mr. Sumo called on the public to continue to visit healthcare centers and avoid buying drugs from street sellers as well as self-administering drugs during illness.  He described this practice as a serious risk to recovery that could lead even to death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No. 36 Men’s Tennis Escapes Past No. 65 Cornell, 4-2

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 36th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team held on for a 4-2 victory over No. 65 Cornell on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Center.The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Scotland natives Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch cruised to a 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles and Bayo Philips and Ben Stride clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win of their own at No. 3.MacGeoch extended is singles winning streak to seven matches with a dominating 6-2, 6-2 performance over Benardo Casares at the No. 4 spot and put Drake up 2-0.Cornell evened the match up at two with wins on courts two and six.The Big Red had the Bulldogs on the ropes with a set lead and a game away from wins on courts one and three.Senior Ben Lott managed to overcome a 5-1 second set deficit, forcing a third set with a 7-4 tiebreaker win and took some pressure from underclassmen Gillespie and Stride.After taking the first set 6-2, Stride dropped the second set 6-2, but regained his composure and rolled past Stefan Vinti in the third set, winning 6-2 at No. 5, putting Drake up 3-2.While Lott was making his comeback, Gillespie was also trying to keep the Bulldogs hopes alive as he overcame a 5-3 second set deficit, forcing a third set with a 8-6 tiebreaker victory of his own. Gillespie used his momentum from the second set and never gave Chris Vrabel a chance in the third, winning the decisive set 6-3 and securing the match for the Bulldogs.With the win over Cornell, Drake improves to 8-0 at home and earned its seventh win over a ranked opponent this season.The Bulldogs hosts Brown and No. 55 Wisconsin on March 11 and March 13, respectively.#36 Drake 4, #65 Cornell 2Mar 06, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) vs. Volfson, David (CORNELL) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 0-1, unfinished2. Sinclair, Colin (CORNELL) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 6-23. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Vrabel, Chris (CORNELL) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-34. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Casares, Benardo (CORNELL) 6-2, 6-25. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan (CORNELL) 6-2, 2-6, 6-26. Lozic, Karlo (CORNELL) def. Hands, Tom (DU) 6-2, 6-4 Doubles competition1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) vs. Casares, Benardo/Vrabel, Chris (CORNELL) 3-4, unfinished2. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Sinclair, Colin/Volfson, David (CORNELL) 6-13. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Vinti, Stefan/Brown, Dylan (CORNELL) 6-1 Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,6,5,3)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more