In order to properly regulate pharmacy practice, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has reminded the Federal Government of the need to appoint the director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from among pharmacists for greater efficiency.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has kicked against Private Sector participation in public hospital pharmacy practice in some state government owned pharmacy facilities based on its present operational approach which could jeopardise medicines needs in hospitals.
This is contained in a statement issued by the PSN and signed by its President, Ahmed Yakassai. After an appraisal of the current system in which some state governments privatised pharmacy facilities in government hospitals,
Pharmacists under the aegis of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) have warned of a looming scarcity of essential drugs, that will endanger the health of the citizens, if the current lack of foreign exchange persists. The group’s National Chairman, Dr. Albert, Alkali Kelong, who warned about the situation, urged the Federal Government to prevent the imminent doom, by providing adequate foreign exchange to bonafide pharmacists to procure critical raw materials necessary for drug production while also providing an intervention fund for the sector.
The Director and Head of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, led the team of inspectors on Monday. She said the shops were sealed for offences ranging from dispensing poisonous drugs, poor storage conditions and non-registration with PCN. Some of the pharmacies and patent medicine shops operating in Asaba and Okpanam axis were taken by surprise, when the monitoring team visited without notice.