Medicine suppliers asked to comply with legal guidelines

Mr Charles Allotey, Director of Health Access Network (HAN), has called on stakeholders in the supply of medicines to comply with the legal and ethical guidelines of their work.

He said this would address the pharmaceutical sector policy goals such as access to essential medicines for everybody, quality assurance for all drugs on the market, a functioning and efficient supply chain and rational use of medicines by professionals and patients.

Mr Allotey made the call when addressing HAN’s maiden annual Technical Exchange Meeting organised for Mission health facilities in the country in Accra on the theme: “Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Management of Medicines.”

It brought together medical officers, health administrators, pharmacists and procurement officers and other key stakeholders who play major roles in the medicines supply chain, including the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), National Health Insurance Authority and the Pharmacy Council.

A statement issued by HAN and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday said Mr Allotey expressed concern over the recent upsurge in the proportion of sub-standard medicines on the market recalled by the FDB.

He stressed that the extremely complex processes in the flow of medicines from the manufacturer to the final consumer could have a huge impact on the price, availability and the quality of medicine should any hitches occur along the way.

“Health Access Network believes that it is only through effective collaboration and partnership, information sharing and the commitment to work together that we can realise the goal of access to quality assured medicines in our health facilities,” Mr Allotey explained.

Mr Agyeman-Duah of the FDB gave the assurance that the board has adequate mechanisms in place to ensure quality and safety of medicines on the Ghanaian market.

Mr Samuel Antwi of the Pharmacy Council observed that quality assurance with respect to essential medicines is a continuous process that requires the efforts of many stakeholders.

Mr Owusu Ansah-Dattey, former Head of the Berekum Holy Family Hospital, who spoke on the perspective of hospitals, called for an efficient supply chain model through partnership with supply chain experts who understand the clinical relevance of the supply chain issues and the financial impact on the medical institution.

“He added that mission hospitals should look for a supply chain partner like IDA Foundation that shares their supply chain vision and can help implement their goal of making quality medicines affordable and available at all time in a sustainable manner.”

Sister Brenda Guieb of the Holy Family Hospital Nkawkaw spoke of her experiences in accessing the mission healthcare programme and commended the initiators of the programme.

She expressed optimism that the programme would help mission facilities to improve on the quality assurance process involved in the delivery of quality medicines to  patients adding HAN, which has a team of experienced professionals and links, is worth partnering with for the realisation of higher level of efficiency, economics of scale, purchasing leverage and logistical efficiency.

Mr TC Corquaye, Chairman of FDB encouraged stakeholders to make use of the views collected and the knowledge acquired with current best practices to address the quality assurance challenges in getting medicines to mission health facilities.

Source: GNA

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