By Sola Ogundipe
LOCAL pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in Nigeria have what it takes to meet the demand of Anti-retroviral, ARV, drugs in the country if given the necessary support and patronage.
Managing Director, Tyonex Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Pharm. Emmanuel Agba who disclosed this in Lagos, urged the State and Local Government agencies to adequately support and patronise local pharmaceutical manufacturing companies as a way of ensuring that the much-needed capacity utilisation within the country’s manufacturing industry is attained.
Agba who argued that even though national policies are designed and effected by the Federal government, maintained such policies ought to be driven by the State and Local governments. “We can meet the demand for ARV drugs and drugs for Opportunistic Infections, OIs. We can fill the need if there is an agreement with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ group of the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria, PMG-MAN. We are already meeting up to 80 percent of the local drug needs.”
He recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of State for Investment recently met with MAN, and at that interphase, it was decided that whatever is manufactured locally will be patronised by government.
“Right now, government is patronising us, and it is our expectation that State and Local governments will also stand up and patronise the local industry in their domains.”
He said if Federal government policies are driven by the State and Local governments, and if they can work with industries in their localities, it would augur well for the nation.
In 2013, Tyonex plans to deepen partnership at all levels, particularly in public health and on Non Communicable Diseases, NCDs. The company is also working towards obtaining the World Health Organisation, WHO. prequalification.
In line with this,it donated free ARVs to the Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS, Lagos State Chapter; deworming drugs to Compassionate Orpahnage Home, and varieties of drugs to the Alimosho Local Government.