Pharmacists Seek Waivers for Importation of Raw Material for Drug Production

  • Lament lack of Forex

Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) on Monday in Enugu asked the Federal Government to review the import duties on raw materials for the production of drugs in the country, lamenting that the lingering currency fluctuations and lack of foreign exchange had become a major problem to drug manufacturers in Nigeria.

Expressing dismay that prices of drugs have gone up as a result of the currency issue, the body noted that if nothing was done urgently, it could unleash hardship on the people before long.

Addressing newsmen in Enugu, the National Chairman of the community pharmacists, Dr. Albert Alkali, disclosed that despite the efforts of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to rid this country of fake and adulterated drugs, the problem still persisted and had remained a major challenge to health care providers.