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PSN urges review of drugs laws


PSN President, Ahmed I. Yakasai

PSN President, Ahmed I. Yakasai

Worried by increasing level of drugs maladministration and abuse, the National Council of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has called for review of laws pertaining to drugs and drug administration in the country.

At its second meeting held at Tahir Guest Palace Hotel, Kano; the PSN President, Pharmacist Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, said the Council would come up with suggestions and other recommendations on how to effectively manage, administer and control drugs in the country.

He noted that “some of the laws on drugs in the country need to be reviewed. So that we can have a more standard way of monitoring and checking how drugs are manufactured, distributed and consumed,”

He hinted that the chain of supply from manufacturing to consumption must be adhered to, stressing that, organisations like, Kano State Medical and Consumables Supply Agency, should be encouraged to redouble their efforts in medical supply.

“Laws like the National Agency of Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) among others need to be looked at and see how to improve in what they are doing, ” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Fedral Government has alerted Nigerians on the circulation of fake quinine sulphate, stressing that it has stepped up vigilance within the drug supply chains in the country.

In a statement signed by its director of Media and Public relations, Mrs. Bolade Akinola, the Federal Ministry of Health said it received a medical alert that the two falsified drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients.

It disclosed that the drugs were circulating in West and Central Africa, adding that the two version of the quinine sulphate were circulating in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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