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Planning For Next PSN Conference Must Commence Immediately – Olubowale

GbengaPharm. Gbenga Olubowale was the chairman, Conference Planning Committee (CPC) for the 89th conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). In this exclusive chat with Pharmanews, he revealed the essentials of the conference, stressing the importance of starting early. Olubowale, who is the chairman of PSN Lagos, also highlighted some proven strategies that can help pharmacists survive the current economic downturn in the country. Excerpts:

Prescription drug prices increase by over 200%

drugstoreLike most commodities in the Nigerian market, the price of medicines and other essential pharmaceutical products are at an all time high.

However, a new survey conducted by I CARE, a pharmaceutical research organisation , has revealed that the unit prices of prescription medicines, such as drugs used to lower blood pressure for hypersensitive and diabetic patients, have shot up by 200 per cent.

Nigerians face harder times as prices of drugs skyrocket.

Drugs buyers1The upward review of duties on imported products and goods by the Federal Government has raised prices of imported goods and products and is having  deleterious effect on  life generally for millions of Nigerians. But the area where the effects of the implementation of the new policy  is biting most is in the health sector where it is causing patients and healthcare providers sleepless nights. 
 
A circular by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun to the Nigeria Customs Services, NCS, raised the duty payable  on imported medicaments such as anti-malarials and antibiotics. 
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