March 08, 2010
The Bahamas Pharmacy Council (BPC) and the Drug Enforcement Unit took $10,000 worth of prescription drugs from two businesses that were selling them illegally.
The businesses - a restaurant and another business – were both selling the drugs without a trained pharmacist according to chairman of the Bahamas Pharmacy Council, Philip Gray. The raid took place last Thursday and comes about a month after the Council warned businesses to stop selling prescription-strength drugs without a pharmacist.
Some of the drugs were labeled in Chinese, meaning most Bahamian consumers would not be able to read the instructions and obey warnings. Some of the items were for male sexual enhancement; a blue capsule in the shape of a bullet, one called China Brush and another called Cool lozenge, which dissolves on the tongue.
BPC inspector Rosemary Cooper said the products should be restricted to prescription use and only distributed by a registered pharmacist.
Gray said the council is aware of other businesses that are selling pharmaceutical goods, highlighting beauty supply stores and restaurants, especially Asian ones, as some of the top offenders. He said anyone who is unsure about whether the items they have on sale are prescription strength should contact a pharmacist or the BPC.
The chairman said the businesses may be able to recover the confiscated drugs if they hire people registered to sell prescription drugs.
News date : 03/08/2010