MR HENRY Osuagwu,
the President, Ariaria Patent
Medicine Dealers Association
,APAMDA, says plans to build
a drug control facility will save
lives and eliminate fraudulent
practices in the business.
Osuagwu said this in an
interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
Aba, Abia on Tuesday.
He said that the Wholesale
Coordinating Centre, CWC, for
Abia medicine dealers would
ensure controlled distribution
and sale of drugs in Aba.
Osuagwu said that the plan
was in line with the Federal
Government’s desire to end
the open market operation of
medicine dealers, which had
increased the sale of adulterated
and fake drugs.
According to him, the facility,
when completed, will assist in
checking sharp practices in drug
business in the commercial city.
“The Federal Government
directed that medicine dealers
should no longer stay in the
open market to transact their
“When the dealers
met with stakeholders
comprising importers and the
Pharmaceutical Council of
Nigeria among others, they told
us that they want us to change
how drugs are sold in Nigeria.
“They asked us to go with
them to India to see how drugs
are sold in other countries,
stressing that drugs are not sold
in the open market.
“We went to India and they
showed us how drugs are sold
in that place. There, individuals
manage it but government
monitors how the drugs are
bought and sold.
“So, when we returned, the
Federal Government approved
four states for the construction
of drug marts. The states
are Lagos, Kano, Anambra
(Onitsha) and Abia (Aba).”
Osuagwu warned that dealers
who refused to enlist in the plan
by obtaining their form now,
would regret their actions soon.
He said that the association
had bought a land along Enugu-
Port Harcourt Expressway for
the project.
He said that the next stage
was securing the approval
of the Minister of Health for
the commencement of the
construction of the facility.
According to him, the
Minister of Health will
visit Abia in September to
finalise arrangements for the
commencement of the facility.
Meanwhile, the president said
that the association had asked
for the extension of the time
given to the members move
from Ariaria, following the
expiration of the July deadline