-NAFDAC DG, PSN President, Others to Grace Event
The 21st Annual National Conference of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) themed “Imperatives for National Drug Security” starts Tuesday 17 April, 2018, at The Kwara Hotels, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Speaking with journalists at a media parley on the conference in Lagos, Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu, national chairman, NAIP said that the conference which holds from Tuesday 17 April to Friday 20 April will help re-focus attention on what the nation needs to do to achieve self-sufficiency in the production of essential medicines.
Pharm. Anukwu, while disclosing that Prof. (Mrs) Mojisola Adeyeye, the director general, NAFDAC will deliver the keynote address on the conference theme, bemoaned the dependence of the nation’s huge population on other countries for its drug needs.
He explained that while the National Drug Policy provides that 70 percent of medicines used in the country should be manufactured locally, a number of audits carried out put the percentage of indigenously manufactured medicines between 18 to 25 percent of the total medicines used in the country.
He stated further that despite the indigenous pharmaceutical companies are about 170 with over 200 production pharmacists, the business and practice environment for the companies and pharmacists is quite strangulating, lamenting that the government has not given the industry reasonable patronage over the years. The government, he added has also failed to give adequate protection to indigenous pharmaceutical companies.
The Nigerian pharmaceutical industry, he said, is however a burgeoning sector with a potential market value of between 800 million US dollars and more than 2 billion US dollars annually, adding that the sector should be supported by the government.
The NAIP, he stated further is also greatly concerned about the rising cases of reports of drug abuse and addiction in Nigeria, noting that the Association shall embark on a walk against drug abuse to educate members of the public on how to combat the ill during the conference as well as support the NAFDAC campaign against the menace.
The opening ceremony of the conference will be chaired by Alhaji (Dr) Ali Ahmed, speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, while Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president, PSN will be the chief host, he said.