Peru: 25% of Pharmacies and Drug Stores Sell Psychotropic Drugs Without Prescription

Posted on July 14, 2011 • Filed under: Conflicts, Health, Latin America Health, Peru

According to 25% of Peruvian pharmacies and drug stores sell drugs such as anti-depressants, sedatives, narcotics and other psychotropic drugs without prescriptions. The General Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs (Digemid) says that the official sales of these drugs are controlled, however the officials stress that these drugs can cause serious health problems, dependency and death. Officials note that uncontrolled sales of psychotropic drugs have decreased from 65% to 25%. Officials add that people should not self-medicate, instead visit specialists and then buy the medications that are recommended for the health problem. Furthermore, criminals use psychotropic drugs in alcoholic beverages in order to control their victims. Officials say private businesses that sell psychotropic drugs without a prescription are subject to a fine of S/ 3,600.Read Article

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