DFCA urged to regulate flow of hepatitis drugs in the country

DFCA urged to regulate flow of hepatitis drugs in the country

The Pharmaceuticals Society of South Sudan (PSSS) is calling on the Drug and Food Control Authority Act (DFCA) to regulate medicine brought into the country.

Delight Ambrose Samuel, a pharmacist who spoke on behalf of the pharmaceutical body, asserted that the country need to have tighter regulation son drugs being sold in the country.

He revealed that most anti-viral drugs sold in South Sudan are being being smuggled in the country.

This poses danger on the consumers while the government miss out on revenue.

 “Our appeal to the Drug and Food Control Authority is that there is a need to research and regulate Hepatitis Anti-Virus in order to avoid the poor quality brought into the country; be it in private or government pharmacies,” she emphasised.

Over the past three decades, the use of herbal medicines and supplements has grown significantly, with at least 80 per cent of people worldwide depend on them for primary healthcare, according to Frontiers in Pharmacology.

Although the efficacy of many herbal products is yet to be established, therapies involving these agents have shown promising potential. However, many of these products remain untested, and their use is either poorly or not at all regulated.

“The other regulation that we want is for herbal medicine because the cost of the drugs for hepatitis is very expensive, ranging from $50 to $200 per month.” Most of the patients after being diagnosed go to the pharmacies and find that the drugs are expensive and they go for herbal medicine which is not registered and regulated by the ministry of health,” she said.

She added that the cost and availability of existing drugs restrict access to anti-Hepatitis treatment, therefore continues to be a problem for many patients with chronic hepatitis in the country.

“The high costs of anti-Hepatitis C virus HCV drugs reduce access to treatment,” she said. 

Samuel claimed that although cases of hepatitis are undocumented, patients who use herbal remedies return to hospitals with complications related to liver cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis is characterized as a condition in which the liver is permanently scarred, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease.