By Emegwoako C. Paschal
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has promised that the Pharmacy Bill will put an end to the illegal drug distribution channels that have made Nigeria famous for the fake drug syndrome.
Cyril Usifo, president of the society, announced this at the PSN’s 95th annual conference, which just concluded in Jos, Plateau State.
Usifo also praised the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), for his landmark approval of the Pharmacy Bill.
Usifo, on the other hand, urged Presidential candidates from all political parties to look into ways to accelerate new but significant investments in healthcare, noting that the pharmaceutical sector offers the best opportunities in this regard.
He also urged the Federal Government to foster a functional petrochemical industry that will ensure an industrial revolution beyond the pharmaceutical industry, adding that Nigerian pharmacists must become primary producers of APIs, excipients, equivalents, packaging materials, and all other finished products in order to achieve medicine sufficiency and security.
Usifo stated that the PSN is leading initiatives to establish the National Post-graduate College of Pharmacists in response to recent declarations by some concerned stakeholders to develop a holistic Academic Pharmacy resource template in Nigeria.