In its efforts to ensure that Nigeria joins the rank of countries practising global standards in pharmacy, the Federal Government, in collaboration with the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has trained pharmaceutical inspectors in the Northern and Southern zones.
The training provides an avenue for the cross-fertilisation of ideas among inspectors and promotes uniformity of pharmaceutical regulation across the country.
The Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Elijah Mohammed, who disclosed this during the workshop held in Nasarawa State said: “The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has the responsibility of regulating the training and practice of pharmacy in all its aspects and ramifications. This entails setting standards in all areas of pharmacy practice: hospital, manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, retail and patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs) shops and improving on set standards in line with global best practices.
“Inspection of pharmaceutical premises by pharmaceutical inspectors provide opportunity for continuous improvement on set standards in the pharmaceutical landscape, thus the need for training and retraining of inspectors on current trends in line with global best practices.
“PCN as a responsible regulatory agency of the Federal Government is committed to building the capacity of her inspectors towards effective service delivery, thus the conduct of inspectors’ workshop.”
The Chief of Party Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) Programme, Mopa Esuga said: “The capacity building workshop will contribute to improving access to quality-assured medicines at the community level.”