FCCPC Should Take Necessary Steps To Protect Consumers Of Online Advertising Drugs – Onofiok Luke

Reps Seeks To Regulate Online Advertising Of Drugs

….. FCCPC should take necessary steps to protect consumers – Onofiok Luke

Member representing Etinan/ Nsit Ibom/ Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr Onofiok Luke has raised concerns over the indiscriminate online advertisement and sale of drugs. Luke presenting a motion of urgent national importance on; URGENT NEED TO REGULATE ONLINE ADVERTISING AND SALE OF DRUGS FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC during plenary on Tuesday.

He said that online vendors have capitalised on free access to internet and social media platforms to advertise and sell unregistered and sometimes fake drugs to unsuspecting members of the public.

Luke noted; “that given the false, exaggerated and absolute claims made in online advertisement of drugs, members of the public are enticed into buying these drugs ranging from dietary supplements, cholesterol-lowering medicine, analgesics (including tramadol and aspirin) to Viagra and ‘manpower drugs’, some of which are unregistered and purchased without prescription by a doctor or advice of a pharmacist”.

He recounted the adverse effect that the action has caused the public. “Some of these drugs are sold without an indication or health warning of the side effects, and members of the public who purchased them have complained of developing symptoms of vomiting, stooling, body weakness, severe body pains, swelling, shortness of breath, fainting, erectile dysfunction, etc., necessitating them seeking medical attention in hospital”.

The House resolved that relevant agencies and bodies like the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) should put checks on the activities of these online advertisers of drugs.

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Etinan/ Nsit Ibom /Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency.

08/02/2022

Wisdom Bassey

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