Pharmaceutical events in 2014



Pharmacy Plus Limited held its 2014 Annual National Sales Meeting at Solab Hotel & Suites, Ikeja, Lagos, on 24 January.

The Annual Distributors’ Reward Function of Ranbaxy Nigeria Limited was held at Amber Residence in Ikeja, Lagos, on 29 January.


The National Executive Committee (NEC) and past presidents of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) paid a courtesy visit to recuperating Governor of Taraba State, Pharm. Danbaba Suntai on 11February

The Golden Jubilee anniversary of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, took place from 27 February to 2 March.

The loss of Pharm. Isaac William Osisiogu (Ogbuagu of Old Umuahia), a professor of Pharmacy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN) was announced on 8 February. He was aged 84.

The management and staff of LASUTH held a befitting retirement party for Dr Femi Olugbile, former chief medical director of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and outgoing permanent secretary, ministry of health, Lagos State, at the Medical Research Centre Hall of LASUTH, Ikeja, Lagos, on 28 February.


Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu was conferred with an honorary Fellowship of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) at the college’s 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Scientific Symposium and 56th Council Meeting, held in Accra, Ghana from 10 to 14 March.

Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi was elected president of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy at the inaugural meeting of the academy, held at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, on 20 March.

Fidson Healthcare Plc won Pharmaceutical Company of the Year 2013 award, at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA), which was organised at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on 21 March.

Dr Patrick Lukulay, a Sierra Leonean author, officially launched his bestseller – “The Executive in You” – at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on 27 March.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State branch, held its 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at its Lagos office on 14 March.



Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited (Swipha) made history when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared its manufacturing and laboratory facility as the first West African Pharmaceutical Company to be compliant with the WHO GMP on 2April.

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) inducted 39 graduands from Madonna University at the school conference hall on 11 April.

The 9thAfribaby Babycare and Mothercare Expo took place at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos on 15 April.

  •  The PSN announced the passing away of Pharm. Uford Inyang, former director general of National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRID) on 22 April.

The Nigerian Medical Association held its Annual General Conference/Delegates Meeting in Benin City, Edo State, from 27April to 4 May.

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 Reckitt Benckiser announced the 50th anniversary of Dettol during the scientific session of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benin, Edo State,held on 27 April to 4 May.



UNILAG Faculty of Pharmacy held its 1st annual alumni lecture and luncheon in honour of the 2012/2013 graduating students at the Old Great Hall of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, on 5May.

The 2014 annual luncheon of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State branch, took place at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos on 4 May.

UNILAG Faculty of Pharmacy inducts 141 graduates at the New Great Hall, University of Lagos, Idi Araba on 8May.

Dr Ahmed T. Mora, dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kaduna State University has launched two new books on pharmacy practice – The Contributions of Students and Alumni Associations in Promoting Pharmacy Education and Practice in Nigeria&The Lizard Shape Model in Drug Distribution in Nigeria at an event held at Arewa House, Kaduna on 17 May.

A 3-day workshop on “Effective Leadership in Health Care Delivery” was organised for doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other clinical professionals by Pharmanews Limited at its Training Centre in Maryland, Lagos from 20 to 22May.

The management of Seagreen Pharmaceuticals announced the passing away of their managing director, Pharm. James Ibeh (aged 54 years), who died on 20 May, after a brief illness.

SKG Pharma Limited rewarded its trade partners for their loyalty, at a function held at the De-renaissance Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on 21May.

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) officially confirmed the appointment of Pharm. N.A.E. Mohammed as registrar of the Council,at its secretariat in Abuja on 28 May.



The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) hosted its 33rd Annual National Conference tagged “Harmony at Midland 2014” at the Cultural Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State from June 2 to 6.

Pharm. Kunle Amusan, a community pharmacist from Ibadan, Oyo State emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Ahmed Yakasai Community Pharmacy Practice Support Award held at the 33rd Annual ACPN National Conference in Ilorin, Kwara State on June 4.


The Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPS) paid a condolence visit to Dr. Paul Orhii, Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) over the death of his predecessor, Prof. (Mrs) Dora Nkem Akunyili, who died in an Indian hospital on 7 June.


Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc launched Norduet, a new antihypertensive product at its head office in Ikeja, Lagos on 11June.


The 8th edition of the Annual Heart & Soul Gala organised by Chike Okoli Foundation was hosted at the City Hall, Lagos Island, on 14 June.


The two-day Nigeria-Pakistan Pharma Investment Forum (NIPIF 2014) took place at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island from 16 to 17June.

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Biofem Pharmaceuticals Limited launched Biobetic, a new anti-diabetic drug during a three-day training programme for its marketing staff at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) building, Alausa, Ikeja, on June 16.


The official inauguration of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAP) took place at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos on 26 June.



UNILAG Faculty of Pharmacy introduces White Coat ceremony into its academic calendar at the Old Great Hall of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), on 2 July.

University of Ibadan Faculty of Pharmacy inducts 40 graduands at a ceremony held in the school’s lecture theatre, on 3 July.

Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited (Swipha) launched five new over-the-counter (OTC) products during an event at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos on 10July.

A 6-day international workshop on ‘Healthcare Financing & Innovation’ for healthcare professionals was organised by Pharmanews Limited in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,from 19 to 26 July.

Pharm. Simon Okey Akpa, managing director, SKG Pharma Limited, was elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) during its Annual General Meeting on 23July.



The 1stAnnual Scientific Symposium of the National Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) held at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, on 18August.

Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi and Pharm. Elijah Mohammed were honoured as Fellows of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in Lagos on 28August.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) hosted its 2014 Annual Congress in Bangkok, Thailand in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage (PAT) from 31 August – 4 September.



May & Baker Nigeria Plc, a foremost pharmaceutical company marked its 70th anniversary at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on 11September.


The 17th Annual National Conference of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) took place at Welcome Centre & Hotels, MurtalaMuhammed International Airport Road, Isolo, Lagos on 11September.


The new bus procured for the Inspectorate by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) was unveiled at the 17th Annual National Conference of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) which held at Welcome Centre & Hotels, Isolo, Lagos on 11September.


Pharm. Tony Akhimien, Pharm. Azubike Okwor and Dr. (Pharm) Edward Agulanna were awarded fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in Warri on 15 September.


The 8th Annual Scientific Conference and Exposition of the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA), took place September from 18 – 21 in Orlando, Florida.


Sir (Pharm.) IfeanyiAtueyi, managing director of Pharmanews Limited was conferred with a Fellowship of the Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON) at Hotel Victoria Palace on 27 September.

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UNIBEN Faculty of Pharmacy wins the maiden edition of Sir IfeanyiAtueyi National Essay & Debate Competition which took place in the school’s conference hall on 24 September.



The 2014 Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Fair and Luncheon was held at the Juhel Auditorium of UNIZIK, Awka, Anambra State, on 9 October.

World Wide Commercial Ventures Limited (WWCVL) rewarded its 78 Partners for their unflinching commitment at a function at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on 9 October.

The 2014 Annual Medic West Africa Exhibition held at the Eko Hotels, Lagosfrom October 15–17.

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) celebrated the 2014 Global Handwashing Day on 15 October at his National Office in Lagos.

May & Baker Nigeria Plc earned WHO GMP Certificate for its manufacturing facility in Ota, Ogun state on 13October.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sanofi held training for officials of Ogun State Ministry of Health on “Advanced Care Clinical Leadership” from 21 to 22October.

Biofem Pharmaceuticals rewarded winners of its ‘Read to Lead’ promo at the company’s premises in Wemabod Estate, Ikeja, Lagos, on28October.



The 87th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) held in Uyo, AkwaIbom State, from 3 to 8 November.

Pharm (Mrs.) Margaret Obono, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) was announced winner of the 10th edition of the May & Baker professional service award in Pharmacy at the 87th PSN Conference in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on 7 November.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP)’s Centre for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) honoured a former Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Dora Akunyili (posthumously), and CEO of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Dr Stella Okoli on 8 November, at the Moevenpick Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

Mega LifeSciences Nigeria Limited launched prostacare for the treatment of mild to moderate BPH symptoms at the company’s Lagos office on 8 November

Sanofi, a leading multinational pharmaceutical company and Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) held a media parley to mark 2014 World Pneumonia Day (WPD) at Protea Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on 12 November.

As part of activities to mark 2014 World Diabetes Day, Biofem Pharmaceuticals organised a two-day free health screening exercise for the residents of Wemabod Estate, Ikeja, Lagos on 14 November.

Pharm. Regina Ezenwa’s not-for-profit organisation, Rose Ministry celebrated its annual Widows Day Programme at National Population Commission (NPC) secretariat in Surulere, Lagos, on 27 November.



A three-day workshop on ‘Clinical Leadership: Driving Service Improvement’ was organised for pharmacists, doctors and other health care personnel by Pharmanews Limited from 2 to 4December

Emzor Pharmaceuticals 2014 annual thanksgiving party took at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on 6 December

  • HealthPlus Pharmacy held its 7th annual thanksgiving dinner and awards ceremony at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on 15 December.


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