PSN Urges FGN to Institutionalize Consultancy Pharmacists in Public Health
During a press briefing ahead of the 89th annual national conference in Minna, Niger State from November 7 to 12, 2016, the National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Pharm Ahmed  Yakasai, said Pharmacists under the aegis of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have called on the Federal Government and the other 35 states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to urgently integrate and inaugurate the Consultancy Pharmacist philosophy in the public health interest,

noted that only Niger State has recognized this status. Citing the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists definition, the PSN boss said a Consultant Pharmacist is “a Pharmacist who is paid to provide expert advice on the use of medications by individuals or within institutions, or on the provision of Pharmacy services to institutions, and “He further noted that definition implies that Consultant Pharmacists must have requisite expert knowledge; must be appointed and go through a structured selection process. yakasai also said that a Consultant Pharmacist must enjoy benefit of adequate remuneration, and Following unprecedented systemic failure in the health system, the PSN President, said it is critical to structure the position of Consultant Pharmacists around four major functions. This include: Expert practice; research, evaluation and service development; education, mentoring and overview of practice; professional leadership and expert practice. His words: “In view of the evolving hi-tech procedures in medicine therapy, the main purpose of the Consultant role is delivery of high-level professional expertise. “The Consultant Pharmacist will drive professional development and play a pivotal role in the promotion of evidence based practice. “The Consultant Pharmacist will demonstrate a high degree of professional autonomy, dealing with complex issues or situations including circumstances of considerable uncertainty.”

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