To improve drug distribution channel and ensure safety of medicines in compliance with the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG), the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) is to roll out a pharmaceutical information technology online platform.
The online technology known as Pharma IT NDDC Platform would be launched in Lagos today, alongside the PSN Pay, a digitalised system of payment and collection of PSN annual capitation and other technical and interest groups of the society’s dues both in states and national.
Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, PSN President announced this at a press briefing in Lagos on the forthcoming 91st annual national conference of the society, saying, the online platform would improve the distribution channel and enhance the safety and efficacy of medicines.
Yakasai explained that this would be made possible as the IT platform would act as a regulator in the distribution and use of medicines among manufacturers and consumers.
Yakasaid said; “ Pharma IT NDDG platform is an online platform that provides a distribution channel which is in consonance with the NDDG. It is open to all pharmacists and pharmaceutical outlets in the health-delivery value chain of the country.
“The platform will contribute immensely in the fight against fake, substandard and falsified drugs in the country because every batch of medicine in the country can be traced. The Pharma IT NDDG Platform and PSN pay are powered by Chams Plc” Concerning the PSN Pay, Yakasai said the new digital mode of payment would improve on the operation of PSN in collection of dues by its members and also reduce the stress of capitation payment by pharmacists.
“It will enhance transparency and accountability. It will avoid reconciliation issues; enhance reporting system and also improve operational efficiency”, he noted.
On the forthcoming 91st annual national conference of the society, the PSN President stated that its theme is; “Innovative Disruption in Pharmacy in Emerging Economies: A Roadmap for Nigeria,” was carefully chosen to advance the national discourse on survival and significance in a time of fast and tempestuous transformation.
The PSN boss revealed that the conference which would hold from October 29 – November 3, 2018 in Oyo State, will be declared open by Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, as a special guest of honour, while Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Governor would be the chief host.
He also said that Pharm. Clare Omatseye, the President of Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) and Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director of JNC international Limited would be the keynote speaker.
Yakasai, further appealed to the government as a matter of urgency to take critical action to implement the National Drug Policy in order to promote local drug production and reduce dependence on imported medicines.
He urged Nigerians to be on the alert against any contaminated drugs imported into country from China.