The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria announces that it will begin the implementation of the ban on the open sale of drugs in December.
Elijah Mohammed, the Registrar of the PCN, disclosed this at an open government partnership retreat organised by the Development Research and Project Centre.
Mohammed to press, exposed that the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control would ensure that the ban on the open sale of drugs, that will commence December 31, is fully enforced.
He explained, that this ban is part of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines issued by the Federal Government in 2012.
He affirms “Indeed, December 31, 2018, remains the deadline for the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines. We are very committed to this course and are quite optimistic.”
According to Mohammed, the guidelines will guarantee the availability of quality, safe effective and affordable drugs in the health care delivery system of the country considering the importance of quality drugs and vaccines in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.
Following these guidelines, states will create State Drug Distribution Centers while. For the private sector, is to establish Mega Drug Distribution Centers. This means that manufacturers and the importers will channel drugs to only the SDDCs and MDDCs.
With this development, the government will now be able to overcome the challenge of uncoordinated drug distribution.
Also, health care facilities at all levels including the private ones are guided by the guidelines in their drug procurement activities in order to avoid the current practice that is lacking in professionalism and which is not in line with the provisions of the National Drug Policy.
The registrar confirmed the ongoing construction of Coordinated Wholesale Centers at the approved locations in some states.
The Coordinated Wholesale Centers are regulated centers and alternative to the unregulated open drug markets.
He continued, “The fact remains that the projects are very capital-intensive and efforts are being geared towards their completion. However, be rest assured that appropriate modalities that will guarantee smooth transition are being put in place.”
Mohammed further stated that great attention would be given to sanitizing the practice environment through the strengthening of enforcement activities.
He said that he would also continue to promote the use of Information Communication Technology in the regulatory processes and give attention to the regulation of pharmacy technicians and patent and proprietary medicine vendors.Punch