Contrary to views of some stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector on the newly introduced National Drug Distribution Guidelines, NDDG, by the Federal Government, Community Pharmacists are backing the Federal Government drug guidelines, insisting that, the implementation of the guidelines would eliminate counterfeit medicines and restore sanity in the chaotic drug distribution chain.

The pharmacists under the auspices of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, Lagos State branch, also advised other stakeholders to embrace the full implementation of the guidelines as it would provide quality medicines to Nigerians.

Speaking during its Public Sensitisation and Awareness campaign on ‘Drug Use’ for motor park operators at the popular under bridge Ojuelegba, Lagos, to mark this year’s Pharmacy Week, the Lagos State Chairman of ACPN, Pharm. Biola Paul- Ozieh dismissed insinuations that the implementation would increase the cost of medicines.

According to her, the NDDG has come to stay and gray areas should be corrected by the Federal Ministry of Health that way Nigerians will be the beneficiaries. “Community Pharmacists are all for NDDG. It is not true that drugs will become very expensive. It is far from the true. Drugs are not going to be expensive rather we are going to have coordinated drug distribution system.

“Other nations of the world have done this and it is working. Drugs being expensive is not due to the fact that when you do the right thing drugs will become expensive. When Drugs are taken or distributed through the right channels, what will happen is that the patient and the public will have access to quality medicines, quality care and quality drug channels.”

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