The Pharmaceutical Soci
ety of Nigeria (PSN) has described the lack of effective regulation and control of drug administration in Nigeria, stating that over 60% of drug in circulation in the country were in the hands of non pharmacists.
Chairman of the Rivers State branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmacists Godson M T. Chukwunda, while speaking with The Tide disclosed that the administration of drugs by non-pharmacists has encouraged quackery and impeded the federal government fight against fake drugs.
He said the federal government came up with a national policy on drug distribution of which state are expected to have drug distribution centres with effect from June 2014, but the centres were yet to be built across the states.
Chukwunda called on the federal government to step up actions towards the implementation of the policy, noting that it would be an incentive to the anti-fake drug war.
On training of pharmacists to meet up modern trends in drug administration, the PSN boss, said, the regulatory body of Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, has made the Continuous Education Programme (CEP) mandatory for pharmacists to engage in regular training to meet its challenges.
Also as part of measures to check infiltration, Chukwunda said, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has brought the neon sign as a trademark for registered pharmacist, stating that the move was to enhance professionalism.
Commenting on the welfare of workers in Nigeria, Chukwunda called on the government to look into the plight of the Nigeria worker and promote his sense of existence by bringing out a living wage as the present minimum wage could barely take care of workers.