NNMDA DG tasks pharmacists on the availability of herbal products
In view of the scarcity of the raw materials for the production of drugs in the country, the Director General, Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) Pharm. Sam Etatuvie has advised pharmacists to focus more on the production of herbal medicines.
The NNMDA boss, who spoke to pharmanewsonline.com in an exclusive interview on the commemoration of the “ African Traditional Medicine Week 2016” which is usually observe on August 26-31 of every year, said Nigeria is blessed with numerous bio diversities that can be identified and transformed into primary materials for drugs production.’
Acknowledging that Nigeria has better medicinal plants than those from China, he urged pharmacists to do less of retailing and concentrate on the development of herbal medicines that can be used for the management of tropical diseases.