The Association of Community Pharmacists in Nigeria has applauded the pharmacy council of Nigeria act, 2022 recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.It believes this long awaited law will further strengthen the regulatory system of the council for proper control of pharmaceutical activities and practice within the country.
But the body is still pushing for the proper implementation of the national drug distribution guideline of Nigeria in order to improve medicine security within the country.
TVC News Health Correspondent, Kemi Balogun reports that the recent signing of the amended pharmacy council of Nigeria act, 2022 has been received with approval in many quarters.
The law now expands the powers and functions of the Council to inspect, approve, licence and regulate the registration and practice of pharmacy across the country.
The national chairman of the association of community pharmacists believes that this development will contribute to Nigeria’s drive to regulate all stakeholders involved in the pharmacy distribution chain.
One of the major challenges of the Pharmaceutical Sector and the Health care delivery system in Nigeria, is the uncoordinated drug distribution system which is not in line with the good drug supply management that the National drug Policy stipulates.
Nigeria still battles largely with drug misuse and abuse, with more than six thousand five hundred registered members at the ACPN alongside several other agencies in drug regulation and control,
This indicates that this menace is far from over. Mr. Oladigbolu highlights the several challenges towards achieving medicine security in Nigeria.