The National Chairman of the newly formed Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN), Dr Joseph Madu, has stated that the mission of the group is to foster excellence in clinical pharmacy practice, research and education in the country, with the ultimate goal of ensuring provision of outstanding patient care by practitioners.
Madu, who stated that CPAN is the umbrella body of clinical pharmacists in Nigeria, irrespective of place of practice, further disclosed that the association will collaborate with other healthcare specialists, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to develop clinical pharmacy practice guidelines that will be used in all healthcare settings, as essential sources of pharmacotherapy and pharmaceutical care, towards improving the health of the community at large.
According to a statement jointly signed by Dr Madu and Dr Akinbile Adebambo Oladeyin, CPAN’s public relations officer (PRO), the association’s objectives include maintaining a pool of relevant data on pharmaceutical care, adverse drug reactions or toxicities, pharmacotherapy etc. and making this available to other members of the healthcare team and the general public as the need arises; as well as organising scientific conferences and symposia periodically to discuss the latest trends and advances in clinical pharmacy practice, training and other applications.
It was further mentioned that the association is fully incorporated in Nigeria as a corporate entity with the corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.
According to the leadership of the association, “The logo of the association is represented by the BOWL OF HYGEA, which has a snake and stick (representative symbol of pharmacy profession worldwide). The logo of CPAN also features the characters CRxN in leaf green colour. C stands for the word Clinical, Rx stands for Pharmacists, and N stands for Nigeria.
“The association has been formed in response to the need to drive clinical pharmacy practice forward in Nigeria. It aims to support and encourage excellence, partnership and leadership within clinical pharmacy practice in Nigeria. It also seeks to further the profession of pharmacy, interests of clinical pharmacists in particular and public interest in general.”
The further stated that “the association provides opportunities for networking, collaboration, sharing best practices and inspiring innovation. CPAN will continue to be both supportive and stimulating, offering our members the opportunity to explore, learn, innovate and flourish.”
CPAN’s leadership also revealed that the group has commenced utilising its experienced pharmacy practitioners, who work at the leading edge of their practices and are committed to sharing to the pharmacy profession, in developing and delivering some events on behalf of the association.
They added that some of their activities are weekly clinical case presentations and lectures that have been taking place online in all the six CPAN national WhatsApp platforms, and they have been enriching the knowledge of members enviably.