A 5-year-old child died after he was delivered the wrong treatment at Life Dream Pharmacy in Kenyasi-Adwumam, in the Kwabre East Municipality of the Ashanti Region.

According to a complaint received, the 5-year-old boy reported at the pharmacy in the company of his parents with the complaint of a rabid dog bite.

The staff on duty proceeded to administer ATS Tetanus Vaccine, Efpac suspension, Amoxiclav suspension, and Vitamin C syrup as a treatment for the rabid dog bite. The attendant then informed the parents that the child should be taken home, assuring them that all necessary medications have been served.

As a result of this false information, the child did not receive the life-saving Anti Rabies Vaccine and unfortunately, the boy died on September 08, 2022, as a result of rabies disease.

The Ashanti Regional Pharmacy Council Manager, Benjamin Kwarteng Frempong, says efforts at ensuring that pharmacies operating in the country employ qualified pharmacists and practice according to laid down standards is always a priority and must be continuously enforced.

According to him, the move has become critical to protect lives as expert diagnosis is needed before drugs are dispensed. The move is also to ensure that regulatory compliance is strictly adhered to.

” We took this step following a letter we received from the Kwabre East Municipal Health Directorate through the Regional Health Directorate on the said information”, he added.

Per the law, the Pharmacy Council may grant a license to a body corporate or government institution if it is satisfied that:
a. the applicant is fit to carry on the business of mixing, compounding, preparing, or supplying restricted medicines by retail,
b. the business of the applicant is carried on under the supervision of a superintendent pharmacist. (Act 857, 2013, Section 93 (1))

Source: wontumi radio

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