The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, has urged the Federal Government to ensure the provision of quality medicines in the country. Akintayo made the call in Lagos at the Continuing Medical Education Conference organised by the state branch of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria. The theme of the conference was “Patient Safety Issues in Nigeria: Community Pharmacists Perspective” in Lagos.

According to the PSN boss, access to safe medicines is a fundamental human right for every Nigerian. Akintayo said the pharmacists association had been working with the National Human Right Commission to ensure the provision of a good drug policy in the country. He said, “What community pharmacists are simply saying is that they want to be in the vanguard of creating an environment whereby Nigerians will consume safe medicines at an affordable cost and accessible at all time even in the remotest part of the country. “This is also inconsonance with the National Drug Policy in Nigeria. They are just working in tandem with that philosophy at this year’s continuous education programme.”

Meanwhile, the state ACPN Chairman, Yinka Abdulsalam, said the association would continue to expose pharmacists to new practices and scientific breakthroughs that would enable them to serve Nigerians better. Abdulsalam said, “There are new trends even in the management of ailments, new medicines. We need to regularly update ourselves so that we can impact positively on the members of the public that actually need our services. So the education programme is vital in our policy and in conjunction with the regulatory authority, it is also mandatory.”

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