The House of Assembly, Anambra State has raised a motion with the aim to stop hawking of drugs on streets and markets.
Member representing Awka South1 Constituency, Nnamdi Okafor, who led the debate said the bill seeks to stop hawking of drugs on the street since the drugs might not have been tested and probably harmful.
He also advised that any pharmacist/chemist interested in selling drugs should get an outlet or a specific location in order to make it easier for drug manufacturers to be traced.
“Get an outlet or location if you must practice where the manufacturer can be traced. In case of adverse effects, the manufacturer can be easily traced,” he said.
Okafor also said that anyone who wants to do a drugs advertisement should obtain advert permit and license from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC).
Again, the member representing Anambra East, Obinna Emeneka, stressed that these drugs are exposed to the sun causing degradation of the drugs, and therefore are harmful to the body especially the liver and kidney.
At the end of the debate, the Speaker of the House, Rita Mmaduagwu called for voice votes and then, the bill was referred to the House committee on Health and House committee on Judiciary; for professionalism, legal issues and objectivity for a positive and sound input before final passage into law.
Report from these two committees are expected back in two weeks before final passage into law.