Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Dogara charges pharmacists on new innovations

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has charged the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, to work towards putting the country on the map with greater innovations, and to take advantage of the ongoing constitution review process to propose amendments to laws governing the profession in the country.

Dogara made the call when the PSN national president, Ahmed Yakasai, paid the speaker a courtesy visit at the National Assembly, Abuja.

Speaking at the visit, Dogara said, “I was also informed of my nomination to the Hall of Fame and this, I accept. I feel deeply honoured by the consideration and hope to contribute to the development of the pharmaceutical profession in Nigeria.”

Earlier, Yakasai solicited the help of the National Assembly in the review of pharmacy laws and regulations which he said will strengthen the regulatory agencies in the pharmaceutical sector, especially the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, making it more effective.

He added that the PSN partners with the government to promote development of sound and effective health policies and as well promote legislation for the enhancement of citizens’ health. 

According to him, "PSN appreciates this honourable House for the passage of the National Health Act 2014. We will continue to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that the Act is effectively operationalized. 

"The PSN is also working very closely with the regulatory agencies, FMOH and key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector to reverse the chaotic uncoordinated Drug Distribution System in Nigeria through the implementation of National Drug Distribution Guideline, NDDG, issued by the health ministry with the aim of eliminating the incidences of fake and counterfeit medicines in Nigeria.”

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