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House Speaker Nuquay: Illicit, expired and counterfeit drugs shocking on Liberian market

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Speaker of the House of Representatives,Emmanuel Nuquay
Speaker of the House of Representatives,Emmanuel Nuquay

MONROVIA-The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Nuquay, said the proliferation of expired and counterfeit drugs on the Liberian market is alarming.

The Speaker said such practice poses serious threat and challenge to Liberia, the sub-region and the continent at large.

Speaking at the ECOWAS de-localized meeting at a local hotel in Monrovia on Monday, April 10, 2017, the Speaker said two-hundred-fifty deaths and three –hundred-forty cases of illnesses occurred yearly in Liberia as a result of counterfeit drugs.

Quoting a 2013 report from the Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines, He said Nigeria, Benin and Ghana are cited as breeding grounds for expired, counterfeit and illicit drugs.

The Speaker said Guinea serves as a conduit and India and China are major suppliers of these products.

Speaker Nuquay said such traders take advantage of the porous borders and the fragility of the security system of ECOWAS States.

He concluded that the Liberian Legislature will work with branches of Government, including ECOWAS Parliament and other West African countries to deal with the issues.

 


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