Members of the Nigerian Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, NAPPMED, have called on the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, PCN, to make the issuance of licensing of medicine vendors less cumbersome.
Chairman of NAPPMED, FCT Chapter, Mr. Odoh Okudili, made this appeal in Abuja during the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria’s town meeting with the Nigerian Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, Abuja chapter.
Okudili told newsmen that the time it takes its members to get their licenses from the PCN is usually long and tedious.
‘’The time for giving and applying for license is long and tedious, adding that the Town Hall meeting has helped to demystify the council and its activities. Before now members believed that PCN is invisible but now we believe differently.’’
A member of the association, Mr. Ezema Emmanuel, also complained that since 2005 when he applied for license from the PCN till date he has being paying for renewal of his license without being issued the original license.
‘’Ihave applied since 2005 it has being approved but not issued but since then I have being renewing it, adding that currently members renew with the sum of N7,000 every year.’’
Meanwhile, the Registrar of PCN, Pharmacist Elijah Mohammed, stated that the licensing authorisation of non–pharmacist for stocking and selling of simple household medicine as entrenched in the Poisons and Pharmacy Act Cap 152 is to help address the lack of health facilities in rural areas and in communities with inadequate health facilities.
‘’It is therefore pertinent to note that the issuance of patent and proprietary medicine vendors license is tailored towards areas where pharmaceutical services are not readily available such that inadequate healthcare facilities are complemented.’’
He noted that PCN takes the issue of issuance of patent and proprietary medicine vendors’ license seriously adding that it has an approved drug list for stocking and sales of drug in licensed patent medicine shop throughout Nigeria which has been reviewed over the years.
Speaking on the issue of sanctions on medicine dealers, Mohammed noted that PCN has had to go on regular enforcement across the country and the FCT to ensure compliance to PCN regulations. This is to arrest an emerging high level of non-compliance with the council’s regulation.
Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Pharmacist Hawakulu Ibrahim, noted that the forum was organised to enable NAPPMED members and the council to improve communication and interaction.

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