Pharmacy Council Bill 2016 Will Strengthen Pharma Industry – Mohammed

Pharm. Elijah Mohammed

Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed has assured industry stakeholders that the newly reviewed Pharmacy Council Bill 2016 will certainly strengthen the industry and promote quality service delivery by pharmacists.
Pharm. Mohammed gave this assurance while speaking to industry stakeholders during the annual end of the year forum of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN), held last December at PMG-MAN secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos.
The registrar noted that the newly packaged practice-area specific online Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) as well as the PCN’s Good Pharmacy Practice (2015 draft document) are new approaches to enhancing professional practice in various settings.
He stressed that the pharmaceutical industry is not unique in facing an evolving ethical and regulatory requirement, hence the importance of the reviewed Pharmacy Council Bill 2016.
He stated further that efforts by the global industry to develop and evolve its self-regulatory model of compliance are having good impact in the industry, adding that, it is therefore appropriate to state that the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (IFMA) code of practice together with the industry’s national association codes complements other regulations, laws and guidelines that together regulate the ethical compliance of the pharmaceutical industry.
He assured the industry’s stakeholders of the commitment of the PCN to ensuring the federal government implements the zero per cent Economic Community of West African States Common External Tariff (ECOWAS CET) on pharmaceutical raw materials and full implementation of the new National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG) to promote the growth of the industry.
The PCN registrar stated that to enhance pharmacists’ practice in the Nigerian pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, they must be willing to grow and must not rely on the dictum of graduating with B.Pharm. and retiring with B.Pharm.
Pharmacists, Mohammed said, are life-long learners and this must reflect in their practice. “They must continuously develop and improve themselves irrespective of where they practice as a pharmacist. The various manufacturing companies must help than in their regard,” he said.
The registrar disclosed further that the PCN has redesigned, restructured and strengthened the MCPD programmes to stimulate interest in continuous self-development and critical thinking for professional and self-growth, adding that the PCN believes this will bring about individual empowerment for self-transformation, as well as inspiration to others.
The Council, Pharm. Mohammed, added is also reviewing the curriculum in the faculties of pharmacy to produce pharmacists that will meet the contemporary health care challenges and need of the patient.
Speaking further on the theme of the PMG-MAN event: “Enhancing Pharmacists’ Practice in the Nigerian Pharmaceutical Industry”, the PCN registrar charged all pharmacists to embrace a new mind set for a new corporate or business game, noting that this is the pharmaceutical extension of the “Change Begins with Me” mantra of the Federal Government.
He urged individuals and corporate bodies to imbibe this new culture to move the pharma industry forward and help to bring the Nigeria’s pharmacy practice in tandem with current realities and best global practices.