Drug Abuse: Senate Goes After Importers, Distributors

The President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki has vowed to tackle the menace of drug abuse from its root by going after importers and distributors of drugs.
This is even as the Senate begins a roundtable with state governments, local governments, traditional rulers, the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria and NGOs, to tackle the menace.
In a series of tweets on his twitter handle @BukolaSaraki, Saraki stressed that the tackling the interplay between dirty money and drug importation and distribution would help tackle its prevalence.
Saraki expressed grave worry at the current spate of drug abuse saying that even nursing mothers were held by the clutches of drugs and other substances.
The President of the Senate therefore vowed that the roundtable will send a clear message to all Nigerians about its resolve to tackle drug abuse.
“The #DrugAbuse epidemic has been of a particularly virulent nature, touching all social strata and afflicting families and young lives. Not even nursing mothers are spared; future generations are already endangered.
“The stark reality is that so many Nigerians are shadows of their former selves because of drugs. This is intolerable. Furthermore, the very dangerous interplay between dirty money and drug importation, distribution and abuse must stop.
“We need to better understand where the strengths and weaknesses of our drug enforcement agencies lie, in order to be able to take measures to strengthen them.
“We need to send a clear signal from Kano to all Nigerians that this drug use epidemic must be controlled, and can be controlled.
The Senate is in Kano state for a roundtable following a resolution adopted in October where it was disclosed that 3 million bottles of cough syrup with “codeine” was being consumed in the North daily.
Consequently, the Senate mandated it’s Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics and Health to investigate the growing menace of abuse of cough syrup and other prescriptive drugs.
According to the National Drug Law enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano state has the highest number of youths engaged in drugs and substance abuse followed by Jigawa state.
In recognition of the destructive effect of the high spate of drug abuse in Kano state, President Muhammadu Buhari while on a working visit recently, ordered a crackdown on drug barons in the country.
In his remark at the opening of the reoundable which ends on Tuesday, Saraki said: ““I feel sure that by the end of this first Roundtable, we would have sent that crucial message to every corner of Nigeria – that drug abuse represents everything that is against our values as a decent society.
“We will no longer stand for this scourge which is destroying the social structures of our beloved country. It is time to say: Enough. Let us wake the nation.”

NAIP Annual Dues Payment

This is to inform all our corporate members that Annual dues payment will commence in January 2018. Kindly visit the secretariat or our representative at PSN Lagos office, Ogudu.
Payment for NAIP dues for the year 2018 can be made @ the NAIP Secretariat or PSN lagos office, Ogudu.
5 Eleruwa Street, Wemabod
Estate, Off Adeniyi Jones,
Lagos state.

Pay into any of our bank account and submit details to the office or our representative at PSN Lagos Office.
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PSN Venerates Ayebae, Obiora, Soremekun With Honourary Membership Awards

Amidst a deafening applause, the trio of Dr Chukwuka Obiorah, chairman of Greenlife Pharmaceuticals; Dr Fidelis Ayebae, managing director of Fidson Healthcare Plc and Mr. Femi Soremekun, managing director of Biofem Pharmaceuticals were inducted into the hall of honourary membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).

The investiture ceremony which took place at the just concluded 89th Annual National Conference held at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigbo International Conference Centre in Minna, Niger State on November 8, 2016 has several distinguished pharmacists (both within and outside the country) in attendance.

While presenting them with awards, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, PSN president, announced to the audience on a lighter mood that by the power conferred on him as the president, he is glad to confer the society’s first set of honourary membership awards on the recipients who he strongly believed have paid their dues in the pharmaceutical industry. “Until I came across him, I didn’t know that Dr (Fidelis) Ayebae is not a pharmacist. Yet he has built a factory that costs about N9 million and made donation of over N3 million to both the PSN and board of fellows. Now my office at the secretariat is looking brand new,” he enthused.

On Soremekun, Yakasai disclosed that long before he became the president, the Biofem owner is known to be a strong advocate of the society. He added that manay donations and relative-assistance rendered to the PSN usually have Soremekun’s handwriting all over them.
The last of the trio, Obiorah, has been described as an enviable personality many pharmacists look up to “In fact, nobody will ever believe that the owner of Lonart antimalarial drug is nowhere near being a pharmacist. Yet his foot prints are everywhere. I hereby congratulate you today as I can confidently say that you have earned your honourary membership of this society,” the PSN president stressed.

In response, two recipients of the awards (Ayebae and Soremekun) applauded the award and pledged to not only abide by all the society’s rules and regulations but equally strive to always represent the profession well. The last recipient, Obiorah, threw the audience into a hilarious mood when he announced that he has already atoned for his ‘sin’ now that two of his children are trained pharmacists.

In attendance at the event were Pharm. N.AE. Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); Pharm. Bruno Nwankwo, former chairman, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); Pharm. Olu Akanmu, senior vice president, retail banking at First City Monument Bank (FCMB); Olumide Akintayo, immediate past president of the society and Pharm. Ade Popoola, former chairman, PSN Board of Fellows; Prof Mike Ogirima, president, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA); Prof. Isaac Adewole, minister of health; Hajia Amina Bello, wife of Niger State governor and Dr Mustapha Jibril, Niger State commissioner for health.

Others were Sen. (Pharm.) Eme Ufot Ekaette, past PSN president; Dr Ibrahim Getso, Kano commissioner for health; Professor (Mrs.) Mbang Femi-Oyewo, MFR, former deputy vice chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University; Pharm. Gbolagade Iyiola, PSN national secretary; Pharm. Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director of Pharmanews Limited; Pharm. Arinola Joda, PSN national publicity secretary Pharm. Ike Onyechi, managing director of Alpha Pharmacy; directors of pharmaceutical services and other relevant stakeholders.

culled: Pharmanews Online

89th PSN Annual National Conference 2016 Communique

The theme of the conference was: “Pharmaceutical Industry Contributions to National Development” The conference was declared open by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ably represented by the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole, FAS. Other dignitaries at the opening ceremony included: His Excellency, the former Deputy Governor of Niger State and Chairman of the Opening Ceremony, Alhaji Ahmed M. Ibeto (Santuraki Kontagora), His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Marafa, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi U. Ganduje OFR, Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor of Niger State, Dr. (Mrs.) Amina Abubakar Sani Bello, the Hon Commissioner for Health, Niger State,

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Minister Tasks Pharmacists On Better Service Delivery

The minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole has called Nigerian pharmacists to accept their roles in the delivery of health care to patients and also work assiduous in harmony with other health care team to put the health care of patients above any form of tussle for seniority in the sector.

Adewole who was speaking during the Annual Scientific Week 2016 an the Ten Million Naira Bus Launch of the Association of Hospital an Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria(AHAPN) Abuja Branch, however commended the pharmacists association for being proactive in their approach to resolving issues in the health sector amicable.

He added that the theme of the event, “Pharmacist-Patient Relationship: Towards better pharmaceutical service delivery, was in line with the federal government agenda to reach out to 100 million live in the community level by improving their socio- economic development and human capital formation in the grass root level.

He added that pharmacists have a great and pivotal role to play in achieving giant strides as regards to the federal government initiative in making health care more accessible to the patients.

Also speaking during his welcome address, the AHAPN chairman, Abuja Branch, Pharm. Peter Enemarie, that the scientific week was aimed at bringing together the members so that they would be abl to exchange ideas and knowledge that will aid towards a better relationship between pharmacists and their patients.

He added that his dream after inception was to end the pressure and pains the association goes through while attending conference by getting a bus which he added that will help the group a great deal. Earlier during their outreach to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in New Kuchingoro, FCT, Enemarie stated that the association has decided to reach out to the IDPs in order to ease their pains as they continue to wait for the time they will be able to return to their home town.

Receiving the gifts, the camp secretary and health cordinator, Enoch Yohanna commended the group for their generosity and promised to make sure that the food stuff were distributed accordingly while the drugs are administered freely to patients in the camp. The pharmacist association donated drugs, food stuffs and clothings to the IDPs and also spoke to them on ways to prevent malaria.

Source:Leadership Online

PEFON Inducts PSN President, Embassy Boss, Juli Pharmacy Manager

The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm. Ahmed Yakasi and two other pharmacists have been inducted into the fellowship of Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON).

The induction ceremony of the President and that of Embassy Boss and Juli Pharmacy Manager took place at the LCCI, Alausa, Ikeja and Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja respectively.

Addressing the members, Aare Ganiyu Koledoye, vice chairman of the foundation explained that PEFON is a professional foundation aimed at encouraging and empowering youths in the country.

“To be a member of the foundation, you must have made an impact in one’s area of influence. Looking at the dignitaries on the high table, you will agree with me they are people who have excelled in their chosen field.


19th NAIP Annual National Conference Communique


HELD ON 19TH – 20TH APRIL, 2016




The Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigerian, NAIP, is a technical arm of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, and the Professional body of all Pharmacists in the Industrial Sector in Nigeria having over 300 Companies as Corporate members.

NAIP’s uniqueness derives from its technical functions and diverse membership cutting across the Manufacturing, Marketing, Distribution, Consulting and Publishing segments of the Industry.

As an individual group within the Nigerian Pharma sector, we drive with vigor and vibrance excellence and high ethical standards across the Pharma industrial sector towards the

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World Pharmacists Day 2016

World Pharmacists Day was the brainchild of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), with the FIP council voting to establish the event in the late 2000s during a conference they staged in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim of the day is to bring attention to pharmacies and the positive benefits they offer when it comes to health, and FIP encourages all its members to get involved to make the event a success.

Each year the organization announces a different theme so that associations and individuals in the pharmaceutical industry can put together national campaigns or local projects to showcase the good work they do in helping to improve the health of people around the world.



Young Pharmacists Mentoring Day 2016

Theme: Aligning Career Path towards Emerging Trends in Pharma Practice
Date:Saturday 18th June, 2106
Venue: MAN centre, Wemabod Estate, Off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja
Time: 12noon prompt

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