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Pharmacists destroy expired drugs worth N452m

Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, has destroyed expired drugs worth N452 million in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The destruction of the drugs was carried out in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, NAFDAC, NDLEA, among others.

FCT Chairman of ACPN who spoke on Thursday in Kuje, FCT, Mr Sunday Ike, while destroying expired drugs, said that members incurred colossal losses as a result of the destruction.

He said that the drugs were willingly submitted by members for destruction in compliance with professional ethics.

The chairman attributed the large number of expired drugs and other pharmaceutical consumables destroyed to non-withdrawal of such products by manufacturers as obtainable in some countries, as well as the prescription policy of the government.

Mr. Ike said that companies should monitor their products as well as produce the quantity that is actually needed in the country.

The chairman also appealed to the Federal Government to revisit the prescription policy whereby doctors would be made to prescribe generic drugs rather than branded ones.

Ethics Committee Chairman, PSN FCT, Mrs Chika Ukwa, who spoke said the destruction was to ensure that such expired drugs were not re-evaluated or get back into the system.

Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Federal Capital Territory, FCTA, Mr. Amos Aremu, commended ACPN for willingly bringing out their expired drugs for destruction.

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