16 May 2012

Nigeria: Drugs - Ogun Cautions Community Pharmacies

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Shopkeepers stock malaria drugs.

Proprietors of community pharmacies in Ogun State have been admonished to always purchase genuine drugs and avoid fakes in order to prevent untimely death of patients.

They should also restrict their practice to dispensing drugs only and stop prescribing drugs to patients as this is the function of medical doctors.

Permanent Secretary in the Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr.Tunde Olowonyo who gave this advice in Abeokuta while declaring open an interactive meeting between state Pharmaceutical Inspectors, General Pharmacists Employers and Superintendent Pharmacists, said rather than allow pharmacists prescribe drugs, their employers should engage a medical doctor who would examine a patient and prescribe, after which the pharmacists will be left to administer such drug on the patient noting that "it was very important for them to limit themselves to their profession".

Olowonyo enjoined the employers to give pharmaceutical inspectors the required cooperation to enable them advice and rectify deficiencies in registered premises.

"Inspection should not be seen as an exercise that only involves the compilation of an inventory of faults and irregularities, but an opportunities to assist and motivate legal stakeholders in the drug industry and correct specific deficiencies for the ultimate benefit of the citizens of the State" he noted.

In a statement , Information Officer in the Ministry, Miss Seun Oyelade, Olowonyo said that with thorough inspection, drugs of proven efficacy and safety will reach the citizenry.

Director, Pharmaceutical Service, Pharm. Modupe Olurin said the meeting was convened to enhance communication between the parties, saying the objective of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria was to ensure a standadised practice at community level.

Overall objective is to enable access to qualitative pharmaceutical care and provide a conducive environment for the overall benefit of the community.

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