Scores of academic professors, pharmacists and pharmacy students from all arms of the profession recently turned up for the official launch of “Principles of pharmacy practice in Nigeria.”
Authored by Pharm. Steve Okoronkwo, managing director, Al-Tinez, Centaur and Xcel Pharmaceuticals Limited, the book is a 190-page academic literature on contemporary pharmacy practice, jurisprudence, ethics, pharmacy management and administration as well as pharmaceutical marketing.
In the words of Dr Ibrahim Oreagba, book reviewer, the author has gone further to explain the reasoning or logic behind the various pharmacy principles and regulations in the 11-chapter book.
“It is reader-friendly for both pharmacy practitioners and budding pharmacy students, who wish to have an in-depth understanding of the principles guiding the practice.
“Practitioners will find it valuable in dealing with the ethical dilemma they encounter in their daily practice. This book will be a good resource for pharmacy interns preparing for pre-registration examination and would also be good for those undergoing primary level fellowship programme,” he noted.
The “Principles of pharmacy practice in Nigeria” is divided into 11 chapters.
Chapter One – The regulatory and professional bodies of pharmacy in Nigeria; Chapter Two – Pharmacy education and training in Nigeria: Transition from B.Pharm Degree to PharmD Degree; Chapter Three – Career opportunities in Pharmacy; Chapter Four – The seven-star pharmacist concept; Chapter Five – Code of ethics for pharmacists in Nigeria; Chapter Six – Professional discipline; Chapter Seven – The structure of pharmaceutical premises; Chapter Eight – Inspection & registration of pharmaceutical premises (Part II of the Poison & Pharmacy Act 1990); Chapter Nine – The practice of Pharmacy profession in Nigeria; Chapter 10 – Strategies in pharmaceutical marketing and promotion and Chapter 11 – National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG).
The unveiling ceremony of the book took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on 27 June, 2019.
In attendance were Dr Stella Okoli, chairman of the occasion; Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); Pharm. Olu Akintayo, former president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Dr Monica Eimunjeze, director (R & R), National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Prof. Aina Bolajoko, dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG); Tony Ezenna Jnr, representing chairman of Orange Drugs and Sir Ike Onyechi, managing director, Alpha Pharmacy.
Others included Prof. Charles Esimone, vice chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU); Pharm. Ade Popoola, Reals Pharmaceuticals; Pharm. Ogheneochuko Omaruaye, managing director, New Heights Pharmaceuticals; Emma Umenwa, Geneith Pharmaceuticals; Prof. Noel Wannang, secretary general, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP); Dr Arinola Joda, senior lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG); Tony Onwumere, managing director, Lifeback Pharmacy; Pharm. Valentine Okelu, May & Baker Nigeria Plc and Dr. (Mrs) Ukamaka Okafor, director, education and training, PCN.
Good work Francis, keep it up