Can I Buy A Prescription Drug Without A Prescription & Other Short Stories

The subject of drug abuse is so tender that we cannot pause to discuss about drug misuse.  Drug addiction is a state of physical or psychological dependence on a drug. This is a sympathetic problem and it is upsetting to find out that youth, young parents and quite a number of the older generation are victims of drug abuse and drug misuse just to escape the realities of day-to-day life. Misuse of prescription drugs, cocaine and cannabis is still evident despite the government “setting aside funds” to curb the same. It is nerve-racking to hear that professionals in the health sector especially in some reckless pharmaceutical enterprises are propagating drug misuse by dispensing mostly “abused drugs” over the counter, either without prescription or on an invalid prescription with the objective of boosting profits.

Ironically, no pun indented, drug abusers walk to pharmacies asking whether they can be selling to them certain prescription drugs without prescription, hoping a materialistic pharmacist will ravenously buy their idea. Actually, it is amusing no one will be ready to sell that to you, they already know it is illegal to buy without a prescription and probably understand the procedure is no prescription no medication but still insist on having the same. “First of all” pharmacists are not immune to temptations neither are they saints in anyway, sadly the field is not paying well too with the belief that healthcare is community service. Such potential setbacks are “drugging” the fight against drug abuse to what we are seeing today. Soon or later thing are going to become worse I told you they are not at the moment.

I have never travelled abroad to find out how hard or expensive it is to get a prescription but I appreciate our Kenyan doctors since they will never prescribe anything illegal with intentions of enhancing their profits. This should translate too at the pharmacy level, more importantly the community pharmacy. The freedom of being able to prescribe and dispense over the counter should not be abused for selfish gains. “Helping” an addict with substance abuse just for one moment, is not helping them at all, but only aggravates the situation further.

Being a trusted professional let it remain at NO PRESCRIPTION, NO MEDICATION and you cannot get it that anywhere else. See you next time and thank you for your time.

Great Prospects As Cosmos Pharmaceuticals Introduces More Generics

pic by Vwani

YOUR PRESCRIPTION is expensive, your physician has prescribed medication, mostly multinational brands which turn out to be very costly for your pocket. Most multinational brands happen to be very expensive in Kenya and sometimes finding a cheaper generic drug is hard. Well, Cosmos Kenya is giving patients more options by introducing a wide range of generics.

Adding quality to life and health has been the most esteemed recognition that Cosmos Limited is known for, being the leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products in Kenya and East Africa. Almost 90% of public hospitals are supplied by Cosmos Limited and that has made most of its products more popular.

The Kenyan pharmaceutical market is jammed with cheap generic drugs from India which has led to Kenyans undermining their own locally manufactured products especially the private hospitals and chemists. This is probably one of the reason that has made Cosmos develop a large sense of responsibility and attention to quality along with qualified and motivated professional staff hence ensuring they come up with better generics.

Availability of these generics will save the hassle of Kenyans importing most medications from India. The price of filling a prescription may reduce making it easier for an average Kenyan to get treatment comfortably. Sourcing the products locally also promotes the local market. Let’s hope Kenyans will soon appreciate their own products and save money.

Hints To Why YOU And NOT Your Healthcare Provider Determines What Gets Into Your Body

Sketch by Vwani

Public hospitals often dispense predictable prescriptions. It is wearisome seeing the same prescription dispensed more than five times to different patients same day, of course you will have so many assumptions. If you are working in hospital setting, you may have to force yourself to learn how to deal with too much repetition. Despite all that being able to predict what trends will gather in the world of prescription is one motivating part in dispensing. At least folks working in community pharmacies get breaks from such since they have a wide range of prescriptions from different consultants and hospitals.

Looking back to 2012 prescribing is undergoing a natural progression to where it is now, while some would argue that only one type of prescription is valid i.e. letter head, stamped, name of the patient and all that, prescriptions have lost their original authenticity and pith. Probably you are familiar with prescriptions that come with {MB, ChB, Msc., PhD, FRcPS, M.Med (psych), M.Med (Fam Med)}, at the moment we’re getting prescriptions via text. Soon or later, you will get to dispense a prescription without name of patient, age or even the prescribers’ information. Prescription errors therefore are high for this cases and it is difficult to prevent such errors.

So, what actually determines the weight of a prescription? With Nairobi prescribers in mind, there is so much “food for thought” on that. I personally have to classify prescriptions differently but that is just me saying, the only thing is when you release a new generic drug to the market every few months there is only so much you can change in the prescription trends in Nairobi. The Kenyan market is crowded with voluminous generics making it too painful to remember a generic that you dispensed like say two months ago. The sales driver being the prescriber it is hard to substitute a prescription. (According to Sanisphere Pharmacies Observation Post – POP Kenya Q1 2016 sales transactions percentages driven by prescriber are 15.6% in retail pharmacies and 78.3% in outpatient pharmacies). This means the prescriber controls mostly what pharmacists dispense at pharmacy level, although most prescriptions end up substituted.

Self-belief is vital, but a huge ego can be detrimental, especially when you are handling “ghost prescriptions”, prescriptions via text or repeat prescriptions. So why am I sharing this?

  1. You may assume the prescriber misspelled one of the drugs then give out what you think is right without confirming
  2. You may assume the prescriber is right ending up with the wrong dose frequency, worst-case scenario being an overdose.

While most of us are tech savvy or reliant on technology, you might still end up on a stalemate with a prescriber via text despite all of us growing up in a world which is not only pervasive but also virtually unavoidable tech wise. How would you dispense a prescription only medicine (POM) via text at a time where quite a majority of people have whatsapp or email accounts? This might make the pharmacist suspicious and they might end up not filling the prescription.

It is little surprise that literary that might happen in most chemists but I am impressed most pharmacists will call to confirm with the prescriber.

Types Of Prescriptions

How we classify prescriptions is taking new shape, we may classify prescriptions according to age or diagnosis both of which are determined by the prescriber. After studying a number of prescriptions, I found a new way we can classify prescriptions I thought it would be interesting to share. If you are new in the pharmacy grab, a pen and piece of paper, we are going to learn something new.

  • Handwritten prescriptions

Most of us are familiar with these types of prescriptions; they are straightforward and easy to interpret. For someone new these can be trouble at first but with two three prescriptions they are good to go.

If you are not sure or you are unable to construe whatever the physician prescribed, confirm first with your colleagues, a prescription can be hard to interpret even for a pharmacist who has dispensed more than 20 years. For a case like this, and when you are alone it is advisable for you to call the prescriber to be super sure.

  • Printed prescriptions

When you are used to handwritten prescriptions these might confuse a little, if you have handled a number of them you will understand what that can be. The best part is you will have no trouble interpreting these type of prescriptions because they are comprehensible compared to the scribbled handwritten ones.

The only trouble you will have on this is maybe the dosages and frequencies, if you are not sure just as the handwritten ones call the prescriber before dispensing.

  • “Ghost prescriptions”

Let us call them that for now; I will come up with a new name with time. So what are “ghost prescriptions”? These are prescriptions with no name of patient, no prescriptions information, no date and that all. The prescriber probably was in a rush and just went straight to prescribing medications.

If you are able to interpret the prescription and you are very sure what you are about to give is correct, all you need to do is confirm the age of the person taking then advice accordingly. Refer back to the prescriber if you are not comfortable.

  • Text message prescriptions

These are prescriptions send via text messages for various reasons;

  • The person prescribing is very far and is not possible for the prescriber and patient to meet for a hard copy prescription,
  •  The person buying the medicines forgot to carry the prescription to the pharmacy so he asks someone to send what is written on the prescription
  • A friend recommends some medicine that worked well for them.

For text prescriptions, you can choose not to dispense depending with what the physician prescribed. For instance for a drug that is controlled you are never sure the prescriber is legit.

  • Email or WhatsAppprescriptions

These are prescriptions send digitally via whatsapp or email usually scanned or a pic taken with a smartphone and send to the person dispensing.

This is either a handwritten prescription or a printed prescription is send electro nically. Always confirm with the sender that what they send is the right prescription and it is up to date.

Sanofi Swaps Products With Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim swapped its consumer healthcare products for animal health products from Sanofi Aventis. This means, Boehringer Ingelheim sold its consumer healthcare products range to Sanofi while Sanofi on the other hand sold its animal health part to Boehringer.

Sanofi Aventis is known for offering the most advanced, exceptionally versatile and superior pharmaceutical products. This is a great opportunity for Sanofi since it’s dominating the African market as leading supplier of human health products. Sanofi’s excellent strategy in marketing has achieved this position in the market and won the respect of its partners through its varied range of products, setting itself quality standards and constantly translating new knowledge into products and services.

Sanofi has been doing well with it’s Rhinathiol range of products therefore with new products on board we expect a good business venture for them. Fast moving Boehringer’s products like buscopan, mucosolvan e.t.c will be under Sanofi. Sanofi has recently lanched a new product “Maalox stick” to the Kenyan market which is already doing well.

It’s exciting that Sanofi will continue to provide high-quality and cost effective products for treatment and management of diseases hence promoting fast and early prevention of these diseases. This will ensure the best possible outcomes and comfort to the patient.

How Is Acnes Mentholatum Doing In Nairobi?


Acnes is currently the best-selling and fast moving beauty product for acne or pimples. Comes as acnes metholatum set and acnes treatment set is what most ladies are going for in beauty shops and supermarkets. With a few months of thorough advertisements in the streets I thought it’s time for; how is Acnes doing in Nairobi?

The beauty of a woman mostly depends on her face, not just women but both genders. The face is what essentially gives the first impression anywhere, therefore a face that has so many pimples can lower a person’s self-esteem especially females. We have number of females who have moved from one dermatologist to another seeking to have a smoother face with no success. Most dermatologists are very expensive and what they prescribe to be used in several months is not cheap either. Women are active users of beauty products and what works well to one she’ll recommend the same to more than three other women. These women are still searching for a product they can trust and they are willing to pay even more for so long as it is giving better results.

Every time I ask females who have been using acnes for a few months they as say,

” it was good but…”

“Acnes worked for my friend but it didn’t work on me”

“My skin started peeling”

“I stopped the pimples are back again, do I need to use it forever”

I get surprised since those, are not the answers I expected from the users. Stopping use of a product because your skin started peeling of is not a valid reason for stopping the use of a product, this could mean you are not using that product well or you are not following the instructions carefully. Acnes set of product has; creamy wash, sealing gel, toner and one to remove black spots and one of those could be the one affecting your type of skin you not being aware.

Most women like products that work affectively without bringing in more complication, a complain like acnes peeling of their skin could lead to them dumping the product and going for the next new one in the market. This will actually affect the sales for no apparent reason, maybe they are not using it well or it’s not working … you never can tell.