In the life of the ordinary or lay man, when it comes to medicine, there is a wholesale bag of conception that every medicine contains a harmful or adverse effect; however, Mrs. Angela Owusu Ansah has debunked that assertion on ATL FM’s Atlantic Wave Morning Show.
Speaking during the local Issue Segment on the show, Mrs. Angela Owusu Ansah educated the audience on the clinical differences between these two phenomenon. She indicated that sometimes a side effect may not necessarily be harmful or dangerous to the health of the consumer. She further went on to explain that an effect or a reaction felt other than the usual effect could be described as a side effect, but it’s not entirely harmful.
“When you take a medication, the effects that you will experience other than the benefits you are expecting is referred to as side effect. For instance, some of these adverse effects, not all of them are harmful. Some of them may be beneficial but it may not be beneficial in a particular person”.
In view of her explanation, she cited a case study about how a purported side effect became beneficial after they discovered that the side effect of a particular drug increases her growth.
“For example, there was one particular drug that was designed to reduce one’s blood pressure and it was realized that patients who were taking it had increased hair growth. That was the side effect of the drug they experienced. So in this case, it was a beneficial one”.
Concluding her discussion on the subject she advised that each time, when a drug or medicine is taken and it gives a negative experience that is unwanted, then it is a side effect, hence they have become very necessary to be spoken about.
The theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day, which would be held on September 25 2019, is “Safe and effective medicines for all,” according to the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). The theme aims to highlight the key role that pharmacists play in protecting patient safety through improved medicine use and reduced medication errors. Interestingly, as part of activities marking the celebration, the Pharmacy Association of Ghana, Central Region branch, would storm the Abura Market, a suburb of the Cape Coast metropolis for an education session on drug administration.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI