PCN charges young pharmacists to promote national development

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The Pharmaceuticals Society of Nigeria (PSN), has charged young pharmacists to develop ideas that will promote national development in the country.

Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo, the Chairman, Board of Fellows, PSN, made the call during the 9th Induction/Oath Taking Ceremony of newly qualified graduate pharmacy in Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) on Tuesday.

She defined pharmacy as the science or practice of the preparation and dispensing of medicinal drugs.

“Creating and improving national development could start with you by providing healthcare, drugs and development ideas to produce medicine that can cure diseases.

“The new focus is to study the human system before producing medicines that can work with different persons.”

“You must go out to help the PCN provide care for the patient, and not make money from drugs.

“We should be able to connect with the Federal Government and expose illegal sales of fake drugs,” she said.

Mr Elijah Mohammed, Registrar, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) described pharmacy as a noble profession that guarantees opportunities for new graduates to have great prospects of practicing in different fields.

He said pharmacists today remained legally responsible for the safe and accurate dispensing of medications, especially ethical medicines, and additional responsibility as integral member of the healthcare team to educate, monitor and care for patients.

He advised the newly inducted pharmacists not to fill their careers with abandoned projects, adding that making purposeful changes in the profession should be their goal.

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