Be Careful When Taking Drugs


"Consumers still have to be careful in taking drugs, either through consultation or self-medication, so that they do not harm themselves," said Dr. Norma Sari, S.H., M.Hum., a lecturer at Ahmad Dahlan University (UAD) during the Open Trial of Doctoral Promotion at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) on Wednesday (31/1/2018).

The head of PP NA who is also a member of the Assembly of Cadre Coaching (MPK) PP Muhammadiyah said that the laws and regulations in Indonesia have not fully protected drug consumers’ rights. This problem can be seen from how there are some weaknesses in the regualations that need to be fixed and improved.

In his dissertation, the former Chairman of PP Nasyiatul Aisyiyah (PP NA) for the period of 2012-2016 also criticized the Presidential Regulation of RI no. 44 of 2016 on the list of closed business fields and open business fields. Requirements in the field of investment tend to provide opportunities for foreign investors to invest 100% for raw materials.

"The regulation has an impact on domestic investors who are getting less chance to compete. The price of the medicinal raw materials will controlled by foreign investors and ultimately the consumers will bear the burden. Another problem that will arise is about the guaranteed provision of halal medicine for consumers," he said.

In addition, according to him, the laws and regulations in Indonesia related to the consumer of drugs in the production and consumption process could already protect consumers’ rights. However, there were still problems with certain people who were corrupt.

Norma advised the government to synchronize some rules so as not to conflict vertically or horizontally, so that the perpetrators give what the drug consumers deserve and fulfill their obligations as drug entrepreneurs. (doc)