ACPN urges government to support indigenous manufacturers to ensure drug security



ACPN urges government to support indigenous manufacturers to ensure drug security

Dr Samuel Adekoya, President of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), urged government to support indigenous medicine manufacturers to ensure medicine security in the country.

Adekoya gave the urge during its association tour of the Emzor Ultra Modern WHO-Compliant factory in Sagamu, Ogun State on Thursday.

He said:” One way to ensure drug security in the country is to support indigenous manufacturers to produce essential medicine needed by our people.

“If we don’t have drug security, a common outbreak of disease is capable to wipe out the system.
“So, drug security is much more important than the current insecurity we are facing.”

The President commended Emzor Pharmaceuticals for its contribution to the health sector in the country.
“We have been hearing alot about Emzor facility and I honestly appreciate what have seen today here in Sagamu.
“Emzor is a trailblazer particularly in indigenous manufacturing of quality and affordable medicine for the well being of Nigerians.

“Goverment should encourage indigenous company like Emzor to boost the country’s efficiency in drug production,” he said.

Dr Samuel Adekoya, President Of The Association Of Community Pharmacists Of Nigeria (acpn)

Speaking earlier, Mr Chukwu Ekwe, the Head of sales, marketing and strategy of Zolon Healthcare Limited, said the 60 hectares factory was conceived to drive the company’s expansion drive.

“The plan to build this factory started a long time ago and this is the fourth factory owned by Emzor.
“This factory is seated on 60 hectares of land and some of the products we decided to manufacture are essential products needed in the country and will require more space.

“We have the capacity to produce more than 60 product s as a company,” he said.
Ekwe said that the company which had over 200 products would continue to up its game to deliver more quality products.

“International quality in our industry is tied to process which means you have to ensure a process closes before you start another one, same is product manufacturing and this phase is another process.
“Apart from drug manufacturing, we are also into other medical equipment and we intend to go into vaccine production when the time comes,” she said.

Emzor Pharmaceuticals was founded by Dr Stella Okoli, as a retail pharmacy in 1977.
The company began drug manufacturing in 1984.

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