NAIP Group calls for drug distribution policy review

Warning that the current distribution system could be destructive to the nation’s health care delivery system, they added that it is also bad for the economy.

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Nigerian pharmaceutical group, Association of Industrial Pharmacies of Nigeria (NAIP) has called for a review of the new drug distribution policy implementation.

The group made the call while speaking at NAIP’s bi-monthly general meeting with the theme, “New drug distribution policy implementation.”

Lamenting the current distribution policy that had left the sector in debts, the chairman of the panel and the Managing Director/CEO of Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc (Nigeria), Mr. Emmanuel Ekunno, said the industrial pharmacy sector was plagued with challenges of fake drugs and chaotic distribution that had left manufacturers at the receiving end of distributors’ unethical practices.

While  the new drug distribution policy seeks to establish a well-ordered drug distribution system for Nigeria, the industry chiefs noted that the current system of drug distribution is capable of undermining the efforts of drug manufacturers.

Warning that the current distribution system could be destructive to the nation’s health care delivery system, they added that it is also bad for the economy.

The Managing Director, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Dr Fidelis Ayebae, added during his presentation that the industry must first resolve the current drug distribution system before the new policy could be successfully implemented.

Also speaking at the event, CEO/Managing Director, CHI Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Mr Steve Onya, said the mega distributors who come mainly from China and India, are known for their sole interest to make quick gains, rather than actually helping pharmaceutical manufacturers to distribute their products effectively.

He stressed that mega distributors or the “mega power” as provided for in the new policy might lead to the loss of 150,000 jobs, in addition to the obvious concern that the mega distributors could not handle the sheer volume of goods involved.

The group concluded the meet by suggesting that the policy implementation requires a lot of forward planning and should, therefore, not be implemented now.

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