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Pharmacists want NAFDAC, PCN to redouble regulatory efforts

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Registrar, PCN, Nuru Mohammed (left), Commissioner, Lagos State Hospital Services Commission, Otunba Sola Osikoya, Past Pesident, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm Olumide Akintayo, Chairman, PSN, Lagos State Branch,Gbenga Olubowale, Chairman of the occasion, Jimi Agbaje, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ahmed Yakassai, and Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development Lagos State,Usamotu Akinbile-Yusuf during the reception party in honor of Akintayo and some distinguished pharmacists at the Shareton Hotel, Lagos.

Registrar, PCN, Nuru Mohammed (left), Commissioner, Lagos State Hospital Services Commission, Otunba Sola Osikoya, Past Pesident, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm Olumide Akintayo, Chairman, PSN, Lagos State Branch,Gbenga Olubowale, Chairman of the occasion, Jimi Agbaje, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ahmed Yakassai, and Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development Lagos State,Usamotu Akinbile-Yusuf during the reception party in honor of Akintayo and some distinguished pharmacists at the Shareton Hotel, Lagos.

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In order to have an efficient drug system in Nigeria, pharmacists under the aegis of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), have urged the Federal Government to appoint a substantive director general for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and reconstitute board of the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), even as they urged the two bodies to redouble their regulatory efforts.

ACPN Chairman, Dr Albert Kelong, a pharmacist, made the call in Lagos yesterday during a press briefing to announce the forthcoming national conference of the association holding in Enugu City from May 29 to June 3, 2016, stating that such appointments would enable both bodies do more. Kelong noted that appointment of the DG of NAFDAC should be made only among pharmacists and urged the agency and PCN to redouble their regulatory efforts. While NAFDAC is mandated to regulate drugs, PCN is mandated by the law to regulate pharmaceutical professionals.



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