The Ghanaian government now plans to fight counterfeit medicines. Thus, he decided to digitize pharmacies in order to better protect populations and put an end to a mafia organized around health. The official launch of the regulatory framework for the national electronic pharmacy program took place on Tuesday, December 22, 2021. The e-pharmacy platform will now continue to be in operation during 2022.
Ghana is moving towards a major innovation in the field of health: the digitization of pharmacies. A project that will guarantee more traceability in the sale of drugs. The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia, who launched the first phase on Tuesday, 22 December 2021, said it is “a major innovation that will transform access to pharmaceutical care in Ghana, complementing the government’s attempt to improve access and delivery of health care to our more than 30 million people…Innovation in improving access to pharmacies for our people through electronic pharmacy can be a game changer by preserving the future of our young people and ensuring rational and responsible access to medicines on a scale we have not yet been able to achieve.”
This program will ensure that Ghanaians have access to quality medicines without fear of their health. In 2009, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) specified that counterfeit antimalarial drugs had reached a rate of 39.9%. A frightening figure for anyone who knows the effect of malaria on the African continent. Thus, this e-pharmacy platform, designed with the contribution of several stakeholders including the Council of Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Company, will make it possible to verify non-approved pharmacy operations, reduce disparities in drug costs and minimize some administrative and delivery problems, a real headache for pharmacists.
Mahamudu Bawumia ended up saying that online pharmacy remains in vogue in today’s world. So Ghana looks forward to this new digital era in the pharmaceutical sector. “The global online pharmacy market today is worth about $81 billion and is expected to reach $244 billion by 2027. With the national electronic pharmacy platform, Ghana will be part of this new pharmaceutical digital economy,’ he concluded.