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PCN worries over drug distribution system

By Chinyere Amalu
TOWARDS minimising circulation of fake and adulterated pharmaceutical products in the country, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria is intensifying efforts aimed at strengthening the drug distribution system.

Council Registrar, Dr Ahmed Mora said the move was necessary because the distribution of pharmaceutical drugs was central for the health care system. Mora who spoke during a two-day workshop for superintendent and production pharmacists of pharmaceutical manufacturing industries in Nigeria said there were lapses in the current distribution of drugs caused by the manufactures.

“There has also been reports by pharmaceutical inspectors of the PCN from routine inspections to the pharmaceutical companies which indicates that there is need to correct the observed deviance.”

He said every pharmaceutical outlet is expected to have at least two pharmacists – a superintendent and a production pharmacist, but most pharmaceutical outlets had neither, giving rise to a breakdown in the pharmaceutical distribution of drugs. If there is a breakdown, invariably the health system suffers because the drugs needed will not get to those that need them.

“The PCN is intensifying efforts to ensure efficiency in the distribution of drugs by manufacturers in conformity to the laid down principles of the PCN on the setting up of pharmaceutical outlets.”

Mora warned that premises of pharmaceutical outlets that fail to conform to such laid down principles would be sealed. “We want collaborations from the pharmaceutical companies because with that they will know what is expected of them.”


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