The Association of Pharmacists in Nigeria recently carried out an exercise destroying N452m worth of drugs in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), NAFDAC, NDLEA, amongst others.
The FCT Chairman of ACPN, Mr. Sunday Ike disclosed that members incurred colossal losses from the destruction. He added that the fake drugs were voluntarily handed over by members for destruction in compliance with professional ethics without compensation from the manufacturers of the drugs. Speaking further, he said expired products are poisonous and should be destroyed.
The large number of expired drugs and other consumable pharmaceutical products are due to non-withdrawal of such by manufacturers and over production needed for the citizenry.
“There is need to revisit drug prescription policy of the country, whereby doctors will be made to prescribe generics instead of branded names, because once your prescription is branded, when you give generics, people reject” the Chairman said.
In reaction, Ethics Committee Chairman, PSN FCT, Mrs. Chika Ukwa and Mr. Amos Aremu, Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Federal Capital Territory (FCTA) appreciated the members of ACPN for willingly submitting the expired drugs for destruction so it does not get reevaluated or get back to the system.