Support local vaccine production, pharmacists beg government

Pharmaceutical scientists under the Industrial Pharmacists Association of Nigeria have called on the Federal Government to support and create an enabling environment for the production of local vaccines and medicines needed by the people.

Pharmacists who spoke at the 25th Annual National Conference of Industrial Pharmacists held in Lagos noted that if these steps were taken, Nigeria would not only achieve pharmaceutical safety but also succeed in its quest for production local vaccines.

“The local pharmaceutical industry can produce the medicines and vaccines that Nigerians need if the government provides an enabling environment for the sector and supports the operations of the sector with good policies, as developed countries do,” he said. he declares.

Speaking at the conference on “The Roles of Industrial Pharmacists in a Depressed Economy: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions in the Provision of Essential Medicines”, Chairman and CEO of Juhel Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Limited, Dr Ifeanyi Okoye, said the availability of essential medicines was key to the health of any nation.

Okoye, who was the keynote speaker at the conference, said the Nigerian pharmaceutical market, currently estimated at around $2.5 billion, has the potential to supply 40% of the medicines needed for the African pharmaceutical market.

He urged the government to work with pharmaceutical companies to overcome trade barriers.

Okoye called for technology transfer, noting that it would help local manufacturers get started in the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Also speaking at the conference, the National Chairman of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ken Onuegbu, stressed that Nigeria must transform from an import-dependent nation to a self-sufficient country in the supply of essential medicines. .

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