The journey towards ensuring that patient centered care is firmly rooted in the country has been boosted by the inauguration of Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN).Leadership of the new professional association announced in a letter made available to Pharmatimes that the full take off of CPAN followed completion of its registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission in January this year. The letter signed by Dr Joseph Madu, MCPAN, FPCPharm and Dr Bukola Moteehat Olu-Lawal MCPAN, FPCPharm, chairman and secretary respectively, said that membership of CPAN are drawn from the country and the Diasporas.
According to the leadership, CPAN is primarily formed to advance best practice standards for quality in all areas of clinical pharmacy in order to ensure safe, effective, and efficient care.‘’The Association has been formed in response to the need to drive clinical pharmacy practice forward and to enviable heights in Nigeria as obtainable globally. ‘’The Association also aims to support the profession of pharmacy, interests of clinical pharmacists and public interest in general.
On the motivation behind formation of the association, the promoters believed that through the platform, advanced form of pharmaceutical care would be pursued and fully entrenched in Nigeria’s health institutions, thereby offering patients the opportunity of accessing complete and best health care possible. Implementation of clinical pharmacy practice has been mandated by Nigeria’s national drug policy since 2005 CPAN noted, it however regretted that not much can be said to have been achieved.
The association also disclosed that CPAN will help to motivate clinical pharmacists who practice either in the community pharmacies or hospitals and clinics as well as nursing homes and emergency departments etc, to fully help humanity by applying what they have been trained to do. The clinical pharmacists group revealed that part of its planned contribution to the delivery of outstanding patient-centred care in the country would be in the area of advice to governments, policy makers and other health care providers on aspects of pharmaceutical care and clinical pharmacy as obtained in other climes by the relevant clinical pharmacy associations in countries like United Kingdom, South Africa, United States among others.
Meanwhile the association has formally elected its national executive committee and they include: Dr Joseph Madu FPCPharm, Chairman; Dr Amaka Cookeygam FPCPharm, vice Chairman; Dr Bukola Moteehat Olu-Lawal FPCPharm, Secretary, and Dr Tarilate Asogwa PharmD, Asst.Secretary.
Others include Dr Andrew Agbenin PharmD, Project Manager; Dr Obinna Nwanedo PharmD,Finance officer 1; Dr Obiajuru Wayemeru PharmD, Finance officer 2;Dr Emma Chukwu-Osodiuru PharmD, Editor in chief; Dr Uju Onwuatuegwu FPSN, Unofficial member;
Dr Dauda Audi Dangiwa FPSN, Unofficial member; Dr Daba Boyle FPSN, Unofficial member, and Dr Akinbile Adebambo FPCPharm, Public Relations Officer.
By Chigbu Nwaobia