Pharmacy Pharmaceutical technologists seek regulatory board

NAPTTON appealed to the Minister for Health to ensure the establishment of the board in line with the draft bill of 2012.

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A customer buys medication at a pharmacy in Khartoum January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah play A customer buys medication at a pharmacy in Khartoum January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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The National Association of Pharmaceutical Technologists and Pharmacy technicians (NAPTTON) on Saturday in Ilorin advocated for the establishment of a regulatory board for the profession.

Mr Balogun Adesola, the National President of the association, made the call while addressing the body’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

Adesola appealed to the Minister for Health to ensure the establishment of Pharmaceutical Technologists and Pharmacy Technicians Board of Nigeria in line with the draft bill of 2012.

According to him, the bill that was drafted in 2012 by the Ministry of Justice on the instruction of the Office of the Head of Service had yet to be sent to the National Assembly.

“We urge the honourable minister to ensure enactment of the bill.

“The bill is explicit enough and it was directed to be raised as executive bill,’’ he said.

He said the association would keep to its promise to ensure that the bill was enacted.

“Establishment of the bill is not a privilege. It is our right because we are professionals in the health industry.

“It is a bill that will liberate pharmaceutical technologists and pharmacy technicians,’’ he said.

He said the profession was trained to dispense, counsel and compound drugs.

Adesola, however, expressed the association’s support to the Federal Government in the effort to fight against corruption and impunity.

He advised the government to review economic policies to tackle the current inflationary trend and the associated challenges.

Earlier in his address the Chairman of the association in Kwara, Mr Awodele Samuel, urged the national officers to liaise with the authorities concerned to publish a new scheme of service that would be acceptable to al.

Samuel, who said the present bill was obsolete, also urged government to encourage entrepreneurship.