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What are the risks of buying medicines on the street?



Purchasing medicines from places that are not approved by the Institute of Public Health (ISP) can lead to health problems such as kidney and liver damage.

The illegal sale of medicines is a constant concern for authorities due to the risks it poses to people’s health.

In this regard, the Institute of Public Health (ISP) announced in April last year that 189 testing activities had been carried out since 2020.

“The problem is that sales volumes are much higher than they are now. For example, between 2020 and 2021, 133,000 units were sold, and today we are talking about more than 473,000 units.” the agency declared.

According to figures provided by the organization, 174 seizures were made in 2022 due to illegal trade in medicines.

But the seizure of nearly 10 million doses last year could pose a health threat.

Causes of illegal sales of pharmaceuticals

Selling medicines on public streets, free trade fairs and social networks is a common way of obtaining medicines, endangering medical care and one’s own health.

according to government websiteamong the risks are worsening of symptoms, poisoning, and serious reactions.

Meanwhile, a bill is being prepared in Congress to regulate the sale of medicines and sanction illegal sales.

Among the most important aspects, the following stand out: “Only pharmacies and pharmaceutical establishments may sell medicines to natural persons, regardless of the sales status.” .

For this reason, medicines must be purchased in stores (pharmacies) licensed by the Institute of Public Health (ISP). Problems that arise when purchasing drugs at unauthorized locations include:

  • without knowing its origin
  • Exposure to contaminated products
  • Accessing alternative medicines without knowing their origin.
  • You don’t know if it meets the right temperature conditions because it can deteriorate and damage your kidneys and liver.
  • most seized drugs

    1. Cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride (10mg coated tablet)

    2. Losartan Potassium (50mg film-coated tablet)

    3. Prednisone (5mg tablet)

    4. Ciprofloxacin (500mg coated tablets)

    5. Paracetamol (500mg tablets)

    6. Chlorphenamine maleate (4mg tablet)

    7. Naproxen Sodium (550 mg coated tablets)

    8. Amoxicillin (500 mg capsules)

    9. Furosemide (40mg tablet)

    10. Loratadine (10 mg tablets)

    Source: Biobiochile

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