Barring any last minute changes, the long awaited drug distribution system in the country will come on stream next year, Registrar of the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), Elijah Mohammed has confirmed “2017 Open drug markets ends “.
Speaking in Lagos during the investiture and awards ceremony of the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy (NAP) recently, Mohammed said government has concluded arrangements to effect a big change in the drug distribution network by 2017.
According to him, the council in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has put in place coordinated wholesale centres in specialised areas where these open drug market would be relocated for effective regulation.
Mohammed, who was one of the six pharmacists inducted as fellows of NAP, noted that open drug market has created a leeway for abuse and misuse of drugs by Nigerians and however expressed the determination of PCN to ensure implementation of the new policy.
2017 Open drug markets ends
He expressed dismay over actions of unscrupulous elements who indulge in recommending drugs for others without any medical advice and therefore warned that such actions will not be tolerated because of the danger it poses to the health of innocent Nigerians.
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Similarly, in his address, President of NAP, Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi regretted that hawking of antibiotics and other medicines across the streets of Nigeria is not a pleasant sight and needs to be curbed.
This he said has contributed not only to drug related fatalities in people, but has worsened the scenarios of antibiotic resistance in the country.
Adelusi-Adeluyi disclosed that unscrupulous traders connive with similar-minded manufacturers to make fake and adulterated medicines capitalising on poverty and ignorance of millions of people who patronise them.
The NAP boss maintained that the challenges faced by pharmacists are enormous, hence the need to partner with other healthcare colleagues to ensure that the mass gains of the past are not eroded.
He appealed to not only government, but also well-meaning Nigerians to avail appropriate funding and support for pharmaceutical related research to aid discovery of new antibiotics in the face of the on-going abuse.
Also at the event was former Nigerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, the guest lecturer – who charged the academy members to demonstrate good leadership traits in their various spheres of practice.
Kolade in his lecture titled: “Improving Our Leadership Performance: Nigeria Needs a true profession,” noted that change is the order of normal life, and leaders should therefore be the driving force in the growth of the people and “the establishment of the academy should continue to explore new heights for the pertinent values attached to the pharmacy profession”.