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FG Urged To Reconstitute Pharmacists Council

Posted: Oct 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Sy Yinka Shokunbi Lagos

Nigerian Pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have been appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the recently dissolved Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and save the already degenerated drug situations.

President of the Society, Olumide Akintayo in a statement to mark the 2015 World Pharmacy Day noted that the pharmacy environment “has got to a most wretched level which logically cannot afford another vacuum in terms of regulatory control”.

He pointed out that disciplinary procedures must be a continuous phenomenon on erring pharmacist or pharmaceutical company saying, “the absence of PCN Governing Council in a strategic profession like ours boosts the fake drug syndrome albeit tragically”

According to him, “statutory functions like the accreditation of training facilities for pharmacists and support staff in pharmacy are almost jeopardized”.

Also warning, “The routine practice matters in the area of monitoring and control are not in the best of health as it has also been impossible to get council to strategize to boost efforts of the Registry of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria”.

Akintayo urged the federal government to halt the drift in the operational efficiency of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria by immediately reconstituting it and subsequently invoke the spirit of the law that provides for perpetual succession in the enabling act.

On the theme of the World Pharmacy Day, ‘Pharmacists: Your Partner in Health, Akintayo highlighted the imperative role of the Pharmacists saying, “Pharmacists are in a prime position to help patients take their medications in a timely and appropriate manner to ensure that they receive the full benefit of therapy.

“The pharmacist can help increase adherence to drug regimens by providing patients with additional information about individual drugs, identifying potential adverse drug reactions and interactions, and supplying appropriate drug containers or compliance aids”, said Akintayo.

He noted that a recent survey showed that with an average of 120 patients served per day in a pharmacy, and one out of six of those asking for advice without buying a product, patients already benefit from asking their pharmacists for advice on medicines and health in general.

Continuing, the PSN President added, “We need to build on this and have a more structured approach to providing medicines use reviews. Nigeria needs to catch up fast and be in line with our global counterparts”.

According to him, “Our pharmacists need to move away from the traditional role of just dispensing medicines to helping patients use their medicines more efficiently with the ultimate goal of optimising the impact of medicines, minimising the number of medication related problems and reducing waste.

Our pharmacists need to be empowered to provide this much needed service to people in the community. Government bodies and other healthcare professionals need to understand the impact that pharmacists can have in promoting and increasing adherence to medicines and give their full support and collaboration to improve the health and wellbeing of the population”, said Akintayo.

He therefore promised that Nigerian Pharmacists are willing to devise strategies to help complex patients and tailor pharmacy education to optimise patient care as part of future initiatives in meeting global and international standards.