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Yeboah and Yeboah

Greener Journal of  Medical Sciences Vol. 3 (9), pp. 294-300, November 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7797 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 102213915


Strategies to Address over the Counter Sale of Prescription Medicines in Abu Dhabi, UAE



*Prof.David Achanfuo Yeboah, Tracey Maree Yeboah


Abu Dhabi University, PO Box 59911, Abu Dhabi, UAE.


*Corresponding Author’s Email: david.yeboah @


This article investigates one major ethical issue in health care in the UAE with a view to identifying strategies to address the problem. Throughout Abu Dhabi, prescription required medicines are sold without an accompanying prescription, with inherent implications for illness, injury or even fatality. The methodologies involve participant observation of buyers and sellers of prescription medicines and a brief survey of the pharmaceutical outlets and their client. The results reveal widespread over the counter sale of prescription medicines, together with reasons why the practice prevails in Abu Dhabi. The article concludes that an urgent need exists to stop the practice and suggest a number of strategies to ameliorate the situation. The proposed strategies include enforcement of existing legislation and professional ethics, general public awareness campaigns and education.

Keywords: Strategies Sale Medicines Over the counter Abu Dhabi.