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Minister: Importation of finished pharmaceutical products not acceptable

Minister: Importation of finished pharmaceutical products not acceptable


Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said pharmacy in Nigeria, should immediately start to think of new ways of doing things; a situation where the focus is on importation of finished products and compounding of raw materials is clearly not acceptable. While adding that, the profession must strategies to develop and utilise local resources for the production of pharmaceutical raw materials, (both excipients and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients). Our maize, yam, cassava, fruits and many others that go into waste due to poor storage need to be put into meaningful use for the pharmaceutical industry; the nation vast petroleum resources need to be also exploited. He also urged the Council to refocus the various aspects of the profession to meet up with the realities of today; the Covid-19 Pandemic has brought to fore the vulnerability of the nation as concern medicines security. The inability of the nation to meet its need of simple things such as face masks, surgical gloves, plaster, cotton bandage, and other related items must be addressed. The Minister made this known at inauguration of the Governing Council of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, yesterday in Abuja, saying, efforts to reposition the nation’s pharmaceutical industry; the development of a national pharmaceutical plan is on in collaboration with all major stakeholders. He added that, players in the profession and the pharmaceutical industry to dream dreams and build real pharmaceutical entities that will meet the expectation of the nation. Ehanire added that, entrepreneurs need to pool resources together in order to be strong and big enough to be able to dabble into the very competitive global market; experience from the Europe and America clearly show that this is the way forward. The PCN Council should make efforts to bring all players in the industry together. According to him, “It is with great pleasure and honour that I welcome you all to the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). As you are all aware, the PCN is a parastatal of government established by Act Cap P 17 LFN 2004. The Council is statutorily responsible for regulating and controlling pharmacy education, training and practice in all aspects and ramifications.

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