ACPN Reacts to Health Ministry’s Proposal on Patent Medicine Sale

On 25/May/2019 / In Medical News

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria has reacted to the plan by the Federal Ministry of Health to create a three-tier of eligible players in the sale of over-the-counter drugs under the wide classification of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors Licence in Nigeria.
 
In a press statement signed by ACPN’s chairman, Samuel Adekola, the association emphasised that the original concept behind the PPMVL was to serve as a stop-gap mechanism to ensure that drugs were available in places that lacked adequate professional services in the pharmaceutical sector.
 
In the statement, the association also described the situation as one that revolves around their future and urged the present administration to look into the nation’s failed health system.
Federal Ministry of Health
The statement partly read, “We at ACPN have resolved to handle this matter, which revolves around our future and destiny with all the smartness and seriousness it deserves.
 
“The ACPN wishes to call on President Muhammadu Buhari administration to carefully evaluate the antecedents of persons who can steer the ship of the health sector successfully against the background of our failed health system which continues to receive extremely poor ratings.”
 
It pointed out that government had always anchored the nation’s health care administration on peculiar indigenous mode despite the reality that it is a global phenomenon that needs to be conducted as a universal affair.
 
“We do not understand the haste by the FMOH to announce the tier classification of PPMVL holders and came out to declare that Patent Medicine Dealers has come to stay.”
 
When Saturday Punch contacted the Director of Media and Public Relations of Ministry of health, Boade Akinola, said the report on the proposal was still premature.
 
“The report on it is premature as it is still a proposal and is being subjected to critical review among stakeholders,” she said.

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