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Ghana’s E-Pharmacy platform takes off

The E-Pharmacy platform adds to the numerous digitisation initiatives that have been successfully implemented in Ghana in the past six years

The Ghana National Electronic Pharmacy Platform, otherwise known as e-Pharmacy platform, has fully taken off across the nation, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.

Ghana’s nationwide e-pharmacy platform is a platform of registered pharmacies, which allows the Ghanaian public the ease of uploading and buying prescribed medicines on the platform and getting them delivered to their locations, once they register on the platform with their Ghana card.

It was piloted over a six-month period.

“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,” wrote Bawumia on Facebook.

Below is his full post:

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 https://www.gnepplatform.com/ (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.

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. 

The e-pharmacy platform adds to the numerous digitisation initiatives that have been successfully implemented in the past six years under the Akufo-Addo government.

Others include the digital national identification system (Ghana card), the national digital property address system, mobile money interoperability, the universal QR code, as well as the digitization of government services at the ports: registrar general, DVLA, passport application, and many others.

Gladys Mensah

 

 

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