By Tony Edike
ENUGU- THE Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has canvassed support for local drug manufacturers, saying it has confidence in the efficacy of drugs manufactured locally more than those imported into the country.
Asking the Federal Government to give Nigerian pharmacists necessary encouragement and enabling environment to produce quality drugs for local consumption and export, the council said such gesture could come in form of soft loans.
Registrar and Chief Executive of the Council, Ahmed Mora, who made this known at a workshop in Enugu, said despite the unfavourable economic environment in which pharmacists in the country operate, they have been able to live above board, insistingÂ that no trained pharmacist would produce killer-drugs for any reason.
Mora said past findings had shown that drugs produced locally were more efficacious than foreign ones, pointing out that the only thing currently lacking inÂ locally manufactured drugs is quality packaging.Â He, however, expressed the hope that with improved funding and patronage, the local pharmacists could overtake their foreign counterparts in the area of packaging.
He explained that Nigeria remained the giant of Africa in the area of drug production in view of the number of trained pharmacists and training schools in the country.
â€œRight now, we donâ€™t have the required support and patronage from the government, yet we have been able to prove that we can favourably compete with our foreign counterparts by the efficacy of our products,â€ he said.