While the current focus is still on driving under the influence with the use of alcohol and illicit substances, more awareness is needed with regards the potential hazard and the road safety implication when it comes to prescribed and over-the-counter medicines use.
Azania Mosaka spoke to Wits Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology lecturer and researcher Dr Mohamed Irhuma about the risks of driving a vehicle while under the influence of an impairing substance in the form of medicine.
Historically...the vast majority of the population didn't realise that every single drug counts towards impairing your driving skills.— Dr Mohamed Irhuma, Lecturer and researcher - Wits Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
There is a vast and long endless list of medication that could actually have a negative impact on driving, it could be direct like for example an antihistamine.— Dr Mohamed Irhuma, Lecturer and researcher - Wits Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
This is the biggest dilemma, I think that it is the duty of every healthcare provider, not only to diagnose your condition but explain the risk that could be carried over by using such medication.— Dr Mohamed Irhuma, Lecturer and researcher - Wits Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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