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Pharmacists in the country have been enjoined to take over control of herbal medicine from non-professionals and semi-literate practitioners. Speaking at a two-day workshop jointly organised by the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) at the college’s secretariat in Yaba on 26 May, Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo, dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) said pharmacists cannot afford to have non-professionals dictating the pace when it comes to the issue of herbal medicine.
Notwithstanding several delays on implementation of the new National Drug Distribution Guideline (NDDG), community pharmacists are upbeat on the August 2017 proposed take off date. The pharmacists, under the aegis of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Lagos branch, are optimistic that the guideline will correct the chaotic distribution system, which they described as an embarrassment to the country.
Worried by the danger posed by the activities of illegal operators of patent medicine and pharmaceutical stores in Lagos, the state government through its Taskforce on Fake, Counterfeit and Unwholesome Processed Foods, has sealed no fewer than 30 illegal pharmacies and patent medicine stores. A statement by the Director of Information in the Ministry of Health in Lagos State, Mrs. Adeola Salako, stated that the task force carted away fake drugs worth millions of naira in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government area of the state.