PSN Seeks Removal of Psychotic Drugs from Streets

On 09/Oct/2019 / In Medical News

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has advocated the removal of ethical and psychotic drugs from the streets. The PSN President, Sam Ohuabunwa, at a briefing organised by the society to mark the World Pharmacy Day also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the pharmacy bill into law.
“Ethical and psychotic drugs must be taken away from our streets, thus the need to pass the pharmacy bill into law. The control of dangerous drugs and everyday medications goes beyond forming committees. The existing laws are archaic and offenders leverage on this to promote the illicit circulation of these silent weapons of mass destruction.
“The National Drug Distribution Guidelines was conceptualised about seven years ago, which would have addressed the open drug market and reduce irresponsible access to medication and counterfeiting to a tolerable level.
Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
“Unfortunately, this proposition has yet to see the light of day,” Ohuabunwa said. The PSN president also urged policymakers in the health sector to promote pharmaceutical care. He said, “The lack of support for pharmaceutical care by policymakers and cooperation by other health care professionals has sustained the gap in quality of health care between Nigeria and other countries, including those in our level of development.”
Ohuabunwa also called for the regulation of medicines to avoid misuse and abuse.
“Regulation must be total as drugs are potential poisons and need to be handled with adequate knowledge. The PSN is working with regulatory bodies to ensure that the pharmacy space is opened up for more practitioners to guarantee access to medication for the Nigerian public through the establishment of satellite pharmacies.
“This again can only happen with the signing of the pharmacy bill into law,” he said.

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