Lack of funds affecting Pharmacy Council’s ability to issue licenses and putting importation of prescription drugs at risk

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There is a brewing situation that threatens the availability of life-saving drugs in Antigua and Barbuda.

REAL News has received reliable information that the Pharmacy Council – which is responsible for issuing licences to the distributors of pharmaceuticals – does not have the funds to print the requisite licences.

If these documents are not presented to the overseas suppliers, the local distributors reportedly will be unable to procure and then retail prescription drugs, our source explains.

The source says the Council requires only $2,000 to print these licences and the request for funds reportedly was made two years ago.

Reports also claim the Council downed tools in May 2022, after its request was not honoured, and on account of money it is owed since 2019.

Further reports allege that the country’s largest wholesaler of prescription drugs will not be able to import pharmaceuticals, since its licence expired on August 9, and it is already having challenges.

It is feared that businesses will follow soon and they, too, will be unable to import prescription drugs.

According to our source, Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph was cautioned, since April, that if this situation is not addressed the Council would down tools.

Reportedly, members of the Council have also written to the Executive; however, the source says that no moves have been made to pay the money owed.

The source reports, further, that the Council does not have an office from which to conduct its work and, therefore, is forced to meet wherever the president is located.

Reports say the Pharmacy Council is responsible for earning hundreds of thousands annually for the Government, and has been responsible for overseeing the purchase and distribution of pharmaceuticals since 1995.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. This is all BS! This is the Pharmacy Council making a power play. So they r going to play Russian Roulette with the lives of ppl? They r simply looking for attention. All the Cabinet has to do is appoint a new council with ppl who r willing to work. Having worked with these a-holes for some time, I’ve found that they can always find a problem to any solution

    • A typical ABLP response.
      If you disagree with them they fire tear-gas and rubber bullets at you
      If you stand up for your rights, they want to fire you!

      Way to go ABLP! For you- We are the masters. No one dare oppose us!
      Always remember:
      GOD NAR SLEEP!!!!!

    • Pharmacy council!
      what type of medication do they allow to enter Antigua & Barbuda?
      I remember one doctor prescribed a heart medication for a patient. The drug was not approved by the FDA and was classified as “experimental”. Yet, it was sold as a prescription drug here in Antigua. The patient died in less than a month time after using the drug.

      TIME FOR THE FOOLISHNESS TO STOP.

  2. “… Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph was cautioned, since April …”

    OH DEAR, NEED I SAY MORE – WHAT DO THESE GUYS DO?

    Is our Health Minister governing properly, or is he just IRRESOLUTE in office?

    Isn’t this the same man that keeps accepting the AstraZeneca vaccines from other countries that don’t want or use them anymore?

    ANTIGUA IN TROUBLE BWOY …

    • Yes! The same man that accepts the vaccines that come in earlier this month and will be expired by month end. Maybe he is using Antigua & Barbuda as a vaccine dump just like other people using it as a fire truck dump. Sometimes I think that knighthood should have a second way of spelling it “night hood” with two different meanings: Knighthood – bestowing honour, and
      Night hood – a hood to put over one’s face to give the appearance of darkness to be worn both day and night to impede vision.

  3. Whatever is going on, government technocrats in health & finance need to fix it …yesterday.

    Utter nonsense.

  4. The economic powerhouse is putting all our lives at risk when needed drugs and medicines are not available. Please Lord help us.

  5. The UPP will finally step up to the plate. This a low hanging fruit that we will claim now. We will raise the funds, fix this problem and publicise it within days. Time to show the people we can deliver results and not all talk. Harold Lovell for PM

    • We will add this to our long list of accomplishments and community development for 2022. It will be in our 2018-2022 book of achievements in opposition. We will show how we helped the people even though we weren’t in gov and had limited funds. We still went out and got charitable funds and made a difference. We are also now working to make use of 26 acres of abandoned farmland we discovered to help feed poor people. Vote Harold lovell

      • @ Sir
        Is who and you. If you feel shame that the ABLP can’t produce a list of accomplishments don’t blame the UPP.
        So, is you and you

      • @ Sir LoveLie

        NIGEL: MY EYES AND EARS ARE ON YOU GB AND CUTIE….JUSTICE, NOT COVER UP IS NEEDED

      • @ Sir LoveLie

        WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS ADD IT TO YOUR 52 PAGE ‘COPY CAT’ ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY THE ABLP SHOWING THE TREASURY BUILDING, THE UWI CAMPUS ETC ALL BUILT BY THE UPP BUT FOR WHICH YOU DECEITFUL, LYING ABLP TAKE CREDIT FOR.
        I DO NOT KNOW HOW ANYONE COULD EVER VOTE FOR THE ABLP??????
        UNLESS THEY ARE ILLITERATE

    • @ Sir LoveLie

      NIGEL CHRISTIANS MURDER WILL NOT BE COVERED UP. CUTIE AND GB CANNOT DERAIL THE CASE AND HAVE THE MATTER DISMISSED

    • @LoveLie

      A SHAME AR U ABLP SUPPORTERS SHAME

      WITH AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE THAT CANNOT PAY SUPPLIERS….NOT EVEN A MEASLY $2,000?

      COME ON….WHO COULD VOTE FOR SUCH A WOTLESS GOVERNMENT AGAIN?

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