Ghana’s national e-pharmacy platform officially launched

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The Ghana National Electronic Pharmacy Platform, also known as the e-Pharmacy platform, has been officially launched on Tuesday, January 3, 2022, across the country.

The e-pharmacy platform allows Ghanaians to easily upload and purchase prescription medications on the platform and have them delivered to their locations once they register on it using their Ghana card.

This platform is one of the few in the world and the first of its kind in any African nation.

Dr. Bawumia, who led the e-pharmacy initiative with stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry after a successful six-month pilot, announced the initiative’s full operationalization on his Facebook page.

He expressed delight at the convenience it will bring to Ghanaians as well as its anticipated boost to the pharmaceutical industry.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has successfully implemented a number of digitalization initiatives over the past six years, and the e-pharmacy platform is just one more.

Key among them are the digital national identification system (Ghana card), national digital property address system, mobile money interoperability, universal QR Code, as well as digitization of government services at the ports, registrar general, DVLA, passport application, and many others.

In the health sector, the e-pharmacy platform adds to the successful medical drone delivery service, which delivers essential drugs in real-time through drones to remote parts of the country.

Below is the full Facebook post by Vice President Dr. Bawumia:

In 2019, I challenged the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana to take steps in ensuring that Pharmacy services are digitized through the introduction of a national scale e-pharmacy platform.

The Pharmacy Council took up the charge (with coordination from my office) and I was honored to launch the Ghana National Electronic Pharmacy Platform (GNEPP) in July 2022. After, a successful pilot, I am delighted that today, the GNEPP goes live and Ghana becomes the first country in Africa and one of only a few countries in the world with an operational national-scale e-pharmacy platform.

With GNEPP, after registering with your Ghanacard, any prescription can be uploaded onto the platform via mobile phone through (or through a USSD code). You can find which pharmacies close to you have the medicines and compare the prices of the medicines across different pharmacies. Using your mobile phone, you can order the medicine, pay for it, and have it delivered at home through your digital address or pick it up. You can also be sure that the drugs are not fake because the GNEPP platform is integrated with the FDA platform.

With the National Electronic Pharmacy Platform, Ghana will be part of the new pharmaceutical digital economy to boost pharmaceutical sales and generate revenue. GNEPP will also result in less “Wahala” for Ghanaians in the pharmacy space.

My thanks to the Minister for Health, the Pharmacy Council, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, the NHIA, FDA, Medical and Dental Council, HeFRA, Ghana Nursing, and Midwifery Council, Allied Health Professions Council, and the private sector partners for their leadership in making this possible for Ghana. It is a major feat. Ayekoo!

God bless our homeland Ghana.

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