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Liberian Markets Inundated With Illegal Medicinal Drugs


So, grimacing, she signals a man who sells medicine from a transparent plastic bucket. He gives her tablets of metronidazole (Flagyl), a prescription-only antibiotic.

Drug peddlers, hawking everything from cough syrups to powerful painkillers, antibiotics, and syrups are easy to find in this market.

 “We buy most of the medicines here unless you have a very serious sickness,” Martha says.

“Issues like stomach upset, headache or general pain, you just buy the medicines here.”

On the other side of the market, makeshift stalls display roots, sticks, tree bark and powders unregulated traditional remedies sold by traditional healers.

Signboards announce cures for various ailments, from sexually transmitted diseases to high blood pressure.

The open sale of drugs both traditional and pharmaceutical by unregistered outlets is a major concern in Liberia.

A constant shortage of medicines in government hospitals and clinics has stimulated the growth of informal drug markets all over the country.


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Source: https://frontpageafricaonline.com/health/liberian-markets-inundated-with-illegal-medicinal-drugs/

Released: September 28th, 2018 06:07 PM