Nemitt MD Restates Commitment to Ethical Drug Distribution

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– As company holds customer interactive forum to mark 20th anniversary

Nemitt Pharmaceuticals Limited will continue to be at the vanguard of ethical drug distribution in the country and consistently ensure that pharmacists and other healthcare professionals have an alternative to the open drug markets for the sourcing of needed medications, Pharm. Ernest Okafor, managing director of the company, has said.

Speaking with Pharmanews in an exclusive interview during a customer interactive forum organised by the company as part of activities to celebrate its 20th anniversary in collaboration with Mega Lifesciences, Okafor said that the company had a clear goal from inception and wanted to be wholly a wholesale pharmaceutical business that is strictly for health institutions and retail pharmacies.

Speaking further at the event, held at Radisson Blu Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos and tagged “Building to Last”, Okafor stated that ethical drug distribution had been the major focus of the company since inception and had thus helped change the narrative of drug distribution in Nigeria.

He stated that the company had also helped to mentor many wholesaler pharmacists from all over the country because of its commitment to ensuring that more professionals go into the business.

L-R: Dr Chris Otigbuo, consultant physician/CMD, St Claire Specialist Hospital, Lagos; Pharm. Ade Poppoola, GMD, Reals Group/chairman of the occasion; and Pharm. Ernest Okafor, MD, Nemitt Pharmaceuticals, during Nemitt customers interactive forum held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, last December.

“I encouraged many professional colleagues to go into the business because I know that the more of them that are in the business, the merrier it will be; as pharmacists will have more and better options to the open drug markets,” he said.

Speaking further at the event chaired by Pharm. Ade Popoola, group managing director, Reals Group, and attended by Nemitt customers from all over the country, Okafor said that the decision to organise the customer interactive forum was to strengthen the partnership between the company and its partners, adding that bringing all the partners together at the forum had enabled the company to hear directly from them on how to improve the partnership.

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He explained that the feedbacks from the interaction with the  partners were quite positive, noting that most of the things the partners wanted the company to do were things the company knew and was already working on to achieve.

Okafor also expressed some reservation about the agitation for the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG) to deal with the problem of chaotic drug distribution, stressing that what the nation needs is the will to enforce relevant laws that make the operation of the open drug market illegal.

He noted that if the regulators enforce the relevant laws relating to drug distribution, all those involved will fall in line and comply.

Also speaking with Pharmanews about the event, Popoola congratulated Nemitt as it celebrated its 20th anniversary, noting that there were great reasons to give glory to God for the life of Pharm. Okafor.

The Nemitt business, he said, started from a little beginning but was powered by excellent professional pharmaceutical practice, based on strict ethical drug distribution model, adding that to sustain this model for 20 years was quite commendable.

The chairman of the occasion urged the Nemitt team to continue to sustain its practice model,  adding that it would give the company further advantage in the near future as it moves into the technology driven pharmaceutical practice era.

Earlier in her presentation, Pharm. (Dr) Dumebi Mordi, managing director/consultant pharmacist, Rx 30 Pharmacy, Victoria Island, Lagos, urged everyone at the occasion to make building good relationship a fundamental part of their lifestyle.

Mordi who was the keynote speaker said building relationship in business is particularly important because good relationship with customers and staff will help build the business and sustain it for years.

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