A pharmacist, Babatunde Aderele, has urged the federal government and stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector to discard the proposed mega drug distribution centres across the country, saying it won’t address the lingering chaotic supply chain and counterfeit medicines.
Aderele said the idea behind the establishment of mega centres was to curb adulterated and fake drugs, and eliminate the dominance of unregulated medicine markets in major cities as well as ensure drugs were safe, efficacious and affordable to all.
He made the assertion during the unveiling of Altasell Mobile Application at the annual national conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria held recently in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“The distribution network for drugs is not the same as that of sweets or chewing gums. It must be handled in a professional way.
“The Federal Government has been striving for a while to sanitise the drug distribution system in Nigeria. Consequently, it set a number of good ideas. One of them is the brick-and-mortar distribution centres in select geopolitical regions.
“But I believe with a secured and technologically savvy mobile application that can be effectively monitored by manufacturers, distributors, drugs regulator like NAFDAC and the retailers in the supply chain, we don’t need to build warehouses everywhere. The reason for such structures in the first place was to secure the drugs and have visibility over the chain.
“But in this era of advanced technology, the products are visible for everyone to see, be it the manufacturer, distributor or retailers,” Aderele said.
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