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Nigeria Must Take Drastic Measures to End Drug Abuse –Dr. Nkere Ebube, Former NAPPSA President

Nigeria Must Take Drastic Measures to End Drug Abuse –Dr. Nkere Ebube, Former NAPPSA President

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Former President of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA), Dr. Nkere Ebube has called for urgent action on drug abuse, describing it as a global crisis that transcends age group, gender, sex, ethnic group, political affiliation and economic class. Ebube who is also an Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology at Roosevelt University, USA in this interview with GABRIEL IFINNWA, said that opioid abuse has assumed epidemic proportion and advised the Nigerian Government to improve the healthcare delivery system in the country. Excerpts: What is your opinion on opioid addiction? Opioid abuse and addiction is a global crisis with epidemic proportion. It transcends culture, gender, and socio-economic class. Opioid epide...
Banning Codeine Cough Syrup Is Not the Solution – Pharm. Lolu Ojo, Former NAIP Chairman

Banning Codeine Cough Syrup Is Not the Solution – Pharm. Lolu Ojo, Former NAIP Chairman

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Pharm. Lolu Ojo is the Managing Director, Merit Healthcare Limited and a former Chairman, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP). In this interview with GABRIEL IFINNWA he described the recent Government ban on the production and sales of codeine cough syrup as not the solution. He also shared his perspectives on contemporary issues in the sector; Excerpts.   What is your view on the ban by the Government on the production and import of cough syrups containing codeine? First is to commend government for doing something swiftly to combat the menace of the drug abuse. This is not the usual action of this government known for dithering on issues requiring urgent action. However, the ban may not be the solution to the problem. On a short term basis, it will reduce ...
1% Health Fund will Reduce Poverty, Drive Growth – PSN

1% Health Fund will Reduce Poverty, Drive Growth – PSN

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) on Tuesday commended the Senate for providing one percent allocation of the Consolidated Revenue Fund as basic health fund in the 2018 budgetary allocation to the health sector. PSN specifically commended the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki for keeping to his promise on the fund which is a provision of the National Health Act 2014. In a statement signed by the PSN President, Ahmed Yakasai, the society enumerated the various merits of the fund, saying it would improve health, reduce poverty, create jobs, drive economic growth by healthy citizens and prevent epidemics. It commended the lawmakers for providing N57bn in this year’s budget as provided by the National Health Act 2014 which was passed in 2014 but not “fully implemented till date”
Porous Drug Distribution System Responsible For Rampant Drug Abuse  –Pharm George Okon

Porous Drug Distribution System Responsible For Rampant Drug Abuse –Pharm George Okon

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Pharm. George Okon is the zonal coordinator of ACPN Eti-Osa Local Government Area, and the superintendent pharmacist of a Lagos-based community pharmacy. In this interview with PharmaTimes Waire Emonefe, he shares his thoughts concerning the leadership of ACPN as well as the role of the pharmacist in fighting drug abuse. You were an aspirant for the state chairmanship position in the recently concluded ACPN Lagos Chapter elections; why did you step forth to contest? Many community pharmacists in Lagos are unhappy with the leadership of the ACPN, Lagos State Chapter. This is the reason why you do not see them in meetings and other functions. The only thing that makes community pharmacists feel that they are part of the ACPN is the annual dues that they pay, and that is because it is compu...
I Risked My Life to Expose ‘Codeine Cartel’, Says Soyinka, BBC Editor

I Risked My Life to Expose ‘Codeine Cartel’, Says Soyinka, BBC Editor

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If you are yet to read about or watch the documentary entitled ‘Sweet Sweet Codeine’, perhaps you haven’t been on social media or moved close to the television in recent times. In a five-month undercover investigation, Adejuwon Soyinka, editor of BBC Pidgin, and Ruona Meyer, a BBC correspondent, led a team of reporters across the country, interacting with victims of drug abuse and those making profit out of their misfortune. The investigation revealed how some corrupt officials of big pharmaceutical companies conspire with distributors who violate the standard procedure by making the cough syrup available in the open market, thereby giving the public uncontrolled access to it. Twenty-four hours after the documentary was aired, the ministry of health banned the production and import of co
Abuse of Ethical Drugs: Strict Prescription Policies Must Be Followed With Good Documentation –Dr. Albert Alkali

Abuse of Ethical Drugs: Strict Prescription Policies Must Be Followed With Good Documentation –Dr. Albert Alkali

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Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali, FPCPharm is the national chairman Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN); in this interview with PharmaTimes WAIRE EMONEFE, he talks about his tenure so far and the problems in the health sector. As the National Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria for over 2 years now, how would you assess your tenure so far? My tenure has been very eventful and we have raised ACPN to another level. For the records, these are some of the things we have done: We have for long been in a rented two bed room flat in Fadeyi, along Ikorodu road, a place formerly used by PSN National. I am very happy to tell you that today we have a brand new National Secretariat in Ladipo Kuku street, off Allen in Ikeja, Lagos state. This will help the effec...
Pharmacist Urges Campaign against Drug Abuse in Nigerian Schools

Pharmacist Urges Campaign against Drug Abuse in Nigerian Schools

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Pharm. Adeboye Olusoji Richard is a practising pharmacist based in Calabar, Cross-River State. In this interview with GABRIEL IFINNWA, the community pharmacist who graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria spoke on the need to create awareness on the effects of drug use in Nigerian schools. Excerpts: What are some of the challenges you faced in becoming a pharmacist? Finance was a major challenge for me. When I got admission into the university, my father’s business was having some challenges, so assessing funds to purchase books and other items in school was very difficult. Aside that, as any undergraduate in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, impressing lecturers academically most importantly at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences was not easy. Though, in all it was a goo
Regulatory Bodies Need To Step Up In the Fight against Drug Abuse  –Pharm Abiola Paul-Ozieh FPCPharm

Regulatory Bodies Need To Step Up In the Fight against Drug Abuse –Pharm Abiola Paul-Ozieh FPCPharm

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Pharm. Abiola Paul-Ozieh FPCPharm is the immediate past Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists (ACPN), Lagos State Chapter. In this interview with PharmaTimes Waire Emonefe, she shares her thoughts on the menace of drug abuse, the challenges faced by community pharmacists and the need for regulatory bodies to step up in the fight against drug abuse What distinguishes the community pharmacist from other pharmacists? Community pharmacists are based in communities, various neighbourhoods; sometimes we are in commercial nerve centres. We are in the nooks and crannies of the society where we offer pharmaceutical services. I believe that our location as the last leg of the distribution value chain in the pharmaceutical service sector, the community pharmacist is the one you see a...
FG Should Provide Adequate Facilities to Encourage Local Drug Production in Nigeria –Lagos PSN Chairman

FG Should Provide Adequate Facilities to Encourage Local Drug Production in Nigeria –Lagos PSN Chairman

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Pharm. Bola Adeniran is the Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State Branch. She spoke in this interview with PharmaTimes GABRIEL IFINNWA on the need for the Federal and State Governments to empower regulatory agencies to fight fake and adulterated products in the country, among other things. You are the first female to occupy the position of Chairman since the inception of the Association. What motivated you to contest the position? In my profession, there is no woman. We are all men of honour. Whoever is elected as Chairman enjoys the cooperation of all. I am motivated by the desire to see a good practice environment for all Pharmacists, be it in the Hospital, Community, Industry and Academia, to be fulfilled in a chosen area of practice thereby giving sound p...
Nothing Is Preparing Nigerians for a Diagnosis of Cancer  –Dr. Femi Olaleye

Nothing Is Preparing Nigerians for a Diagnosis of Cancer –Dr. Femi Olaleye

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Dr. Femi Olaleye is the Medical Director and CEO of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation - a foundation that has provided free screening to over 50,000 women. He is also the recipient of many awards including the “African Medical Doctor, 2015” award. In this interview with PharmaTimes WAIRE EMONEFE, he speaks on his work, the state of cancer care in Nigeria, and the way forward in the fight against cancer.   Tell us about Optimal Cancer Care Foundation? Optimal Cancer Care Foundation is a non-governmental organisation set up as a charity to help raise awareness on cervical, prostate and breast cancer. We also create access and opportunity for people to get screened and have access to early intervention, techniques and treatment for those people who discover they have abnormalities
We Are Expanding Access to Medicines in Nigeria – KCH Manager

We Are Expanding Access to Medicines in Nigeria – KCH Manager

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In year 2000, malaria was identified as one of the biggest impediments to global development, and so it was selected as a critical global target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). KCH Consumer Healthcare Ltd, a fast rising indigenous pharmaceutical company is leaving no stones unturned in its bid to make the desired impact. In this interview with PharmaTimes Reporter, SALLY AHMED, Head of Public Communications & New Media of KCH, Morgan Nwanguma says the company is making medicine accessibility easy. He sheds light on this as well as the company’s doggedness to sustain growth in spite of the daunting macroeconomic environment and peculiar industry challenges. KCH appears passionate about malaria; what’s the special interest? You will agree with me that malaria is a serious
How the Pharma Industry in Nigeria Can Compete Globally –NIROPHARM President

How the Pharma Industry in Nigeria Can Compete Globally –NIROPHARM President

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Pharm. Lekan Asuni is the President, Association of Nigerian Representatives of Overseas Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NIROPHARM). He is also the founder and CEO of LEFAS Pharmaceuticals Limited. In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he reveals how drugs manufactured locally can meet international standards, and why the pharma industry still needs government support. Excerpts: What are your major achievements as chairman, Association of Nigerian Representatives of Overseas Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NIROPHARM)? As you are aware NIROPHARM represents multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturing companies locally. The Association sets and operates on a very high standard. We ensure that the international best practices are met locally. This we do through every...
Amaju Ezenduka: The Menace of Patent Medicine Dealers, And the Chaos in Delta Drug Market

Amaju Ezenduka: The Menace of Patent Medicine Dealers, And the Chaos in Delta Drug Market

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It must not be lost on us – the fact that Community Pharmacists are at a strategic vantage position to contribute to nation building, as well as making the health sector to function better. Pharm. (Mrs.) Amaju Ezenduka is a community pharmacist operating in Warri, Delta State where she is also saddled with the responsibility of public enlightenment on behalf of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in that part of the country. She bares her mind to PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, on what she terms a chaotic situation in Delta State, and the nation at large. In nation building everyone has a duty or role to play. The community is where social interactions of all sorts take place at the grassroots. The community is where you mingle with the masses; it is the root o
Why Nigeria’s Pharma Industry Must Be Transparent – Teresa Pounds

Why Nigeria’s Pharma Industry Must Be Transparent – Teresa Pounds

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Dr. Teresa Pounds is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager and Pharmacy Residency Programme Director, Wellstar Atlanta Medical Centre, in Atlanta, Georgia - USA. In this interview with PharmaTimes’ Gabriel Ifinnwa, she speaks about the pharmaceutical practice in Nigeria, and how to curb the high cost of drugs in the country. Excerpts: Tell us about yourself? My name is Teresa Pounds. I am a native of Asaba, Delta State; I went to pharmacy school in the US. I obtained my bachelor of science, Doctor of Pharmacy, and then I did my post graduate residency where I specialised in Parental nutrition support and critical care. I have been practising in the US for more than 20 years. I am currently the Clinical Pharmacy manager and Director at Wellstar, Atlanta Medical Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, US. I
70% Of Nigeria’s Pharma Sector Is Import Dependent – Falabi, NAIP National Chairman

70% Of Nigeria’s Pharma Sector Is Import Dependent – Falabi, NAIP National Chairman

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Pharm. Gbenga Falabi is the General Manager Green Life Pharmaceuticals Limited, and the National Chairman of Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP). In this interview with PharmaTimes Correspondent, GABRIEL IFINNWA, he gives an insight into how the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria can stop being import dependent, and why a pharmacist should be appointed as the Director General of NAFDAC. Excerpts: What are your achievements as National Chairman of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists (NAIP)? First, we set out (I and my executive) to ensure unity of purpose within the industry. That was the mandate we were given. Secondly, as an association we looked at ways we can improve on the welfare of our members. Also, to strategise on ways the profession can contribute to o...