Pharmacists have made recommendations on how to increase local production of essential medicines and boost drug security in the country. The Newly elected President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, and Chairman Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN), Dr. Okey Akpa, yesterday, in Lagos, South west Nigeria, at a press briefing on presidential inauguration of Ohuabunwa and fellowship investiture said the Federal Government should target pharmaceutical manufacturing to achieve drug security.
They said that the country should increase the local production of essential drugs from the present 40 to 45 percent to at least 75 percent to ensure drug security. They have also called on the Federal Government to approve a N300 billion pharmaceutical manufacturers expansion fund that will ensure that stakeholders have enough funds to improve their facilities to meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) prequalification and standard.
Ohuabunwa said it is easier to import drugs to Nigeria now than to produce and that the input into local manufacturing is still low. The pharmacist said support for local manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and active ingredients tops his seven-point agenda to improve health delivery in the country.
The pharmacist said the society plans to work with the Nigerian Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and seek for funds to boost research into local sourcing of APIs.