The Executive Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Anambra State chapter, on Thursday, sought further collaboration with the Nigeria Police especially those at Zone 13, in the state, for harmonious relationship between the two bodies.
This was during a visit of the PSN zonal Executive to the Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Zone-13 AIG Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa.
Chairman of PSN in the state, Pharm. Josephat Obasi, who presented an address on behalf of the members, said they were at the zonal headquarters to identify with the new police boss and also register their satisfaction over the manner in which the Zone had always carried on with their activities since inception.
He said they were also at his office to seek collaboration with the Zone in order to be able to save the society from falling victim of circulation of counterfeit drugs and other pharmaceutical products by non-licensed and illiterate operators.
According to him, “In our bid to regulate the practice of distribution and dispensing of drugs as part of our functions, we face a lot of challenges from violators who may go to the extent of attacking the pharmaceutical regulators during or after inspections and enforcement.
He continued, “We have always resorted to Nigeria Police for safety as the menace of nefarious activities of these people is enormous and disheartening…. This is because, these drug peddlers do not have the fundamental education to do proper evaluation and give right judgement”.
Reacting, AIG Inuwa appreciated their visit and assured them of concerted collaboration to arrest the menace of illicit drugs production and circulation in Anambra State.
He charged them to always call on the Zone anytime they wanted to carry out programmes aimed at checkmating quackery in the profession.
The visitors later presented a plaque of honour to the AIG and other pharmaceutical products.