By Chioma Obinna
Lagos State branch of the Association of Community Pharmacists (ACPN) has vowed to clamp down on unregistered pharmacies declaring them as the major source of fake and counterfeit drugs. To this end, members of the public have been advised to patronise registered pharmacists only for their drug needs and counseling.
Chairman Lagos State Branch of ACPN, Pharm. Felix Anieh who disclosed this during 2009 Pharmacy Week Association in Lagos, tagged, â€œVision 2020: The Role of the Community Pharmacistâ€ said Nigerians at the community level have a big role to play with a view to checking activities of unregistered and non licensed drug marketers.
Anieh who lamented that unsuspecting Nigerians has continued to fall victims of quacks blamed it on the fact that most Nigerians cannot interpret the role of pharmacies and what the emblem stands for.
Speaking on the theme of the week long conference, he said the essence of the ACPN Day was to create awareness among the populace on the role of a Community Pharmacists and how the public can access quality pharmaceutical services.
He said a registered pharmacy can be identified by the Pharmacy Rx Emblem and the green cross, and that buying drugs from registered pharmacists, affords the buyer opportunity to get more information and counseling on how and when to use drugs as well as give guidelines on storage of drugs.
â€œAnywhere you see the Rx emblem, it means we are assuring you of quality and correct drugs.â€
Aninieh who stressed the need for people to adhere to drug instructions added that such acts couldÂ worsen their condition due to resistance to the drug which would automatically build up.
Delivering his lecture titled, Vision 2020: The Role of the Community Pharmacists, a Fellow of the PSN Prof. Fola Tayo lamented the failure of government for not using pharmacists effectively to fight the high disease burden in the country.
He urged government to integrate community pharmacists into the mainstream health systems as a fully recognised medical professional and ensure they are adequately remunerated.