The registry of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has been repositioned for better performance as a result of the vigorous implementation of the transformative strategic plan of action encapsulated in the four-point agenda introduced four years ago, says Pharm. N.A.E. Mohammed, who introduced the agenda on his assumption of office as registrar of the Council.
The PCN registrar, in a statement he issued exclusively to Pharmanews, said that his goal when he took over as PCN’s registrar in June 2014, was to focus on steps that could help reposition the PCN Registry and make it more effective and efficient for regulatory activities.
Mohammed who recently got reappointed as registrar for a fresh tenure of four years said that with the four-point agenda, it was easier for his administration to implement the broad mandates of the Council and make the registry more efficient.
The impacts of the four-point agenda, he said, could be seen in the improved capacity of PCN staff and the successful deployment of information communication technology (ICT) in carrying out regulatory activities in line with global best practices, adding that the PCN, unlike in the past, ensures deployment of online registration for pharmacists, premises, pharmacy technicians, and patent and proprietary medicine vendors.
He further stated that the PCN, through the implementation of the strategic plan of action, also introduced practice area-specific Mandatory Continuous Professional Development (MCPD) programmes and ensured it was delivered by e-learning platform, noting that the website of the Council was also redesigned to make it more functional, effective and efficient.
Pharm. Mohammed stated further that the PCN under his watch also encouraged collaboration amongst stakeholders through the New Partnership for Progressive Initiative (NPPI) which promoted stakeholders’ engagement, adding that the PCN is currently collaborating effectively with various development partners and NGOs to reposition and strengthen various regulatory functions of the Council.
Mohammed listed the partners that are currently collaborating with the PCN to include: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Howard University, and the Society for Family Health.
The registrar also revealed that the Council secured the approval of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to establish an Enforcement Department, different from the Inspection and Monitoring Department, which has helped to boost enforcement activities and improved compliance to regulation. He added that this step has helped to restructure the PCN to eight departments from its former seven.
Mohammed also stated that the PCN also adopted stepwise approach in championing the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDGs), noting that the full implementation of the NDDG will commence on January 1, 2019 while all the open drug markets will be closed down by December 31, 2018.
The registrar equally disclosed that the PCN also secured breakthrough in the legal aspects of the regulatory duties of the Council, affirming that numerous cases constituting clogs in the wheel of progress of the Council have been disposed of, while all court injunctions against the Council have been vacated.