The NMA Abia state has called on the pharmacists Council of Nigeria to caution pharmacists on their public utterances, informing that, ” It is only the medical Doctors who have the permission to diagnose and treat any medical condition, including prescription of the right drugs”
This was disclosed by the NMA Abia state chairman ,Dr Chimezie Okwuonu in Umuahia while interacting with Newsmen.
According to him, ” The PCN Act part III , section 8; 3 (b) ,defines their role as manufacture , distribution,Sale and dispensing of drugs and medicines
” Further in section 14 ,sub section 3(2) (II) ,re-emphasized the role as to import ,mix, compound , prepare, dispense ,sell and distribute drugs and poisons “
He however, urged for each member to concentrate on their core mandate and avoid infiltrating into other disciplines as this breed mistrust , conflict, and unrest in the Nigeria Health Care sector”
The NMA Abia state frowned at recent developments on the obnoxious circular emanating from the pharmacy circle posting the pharmacy undergraduates to be trained by medical consultants contrary to provisions of the National University Commission.
” We are also aware of a publication in Tribune online News on September,26th ,2021 ,where the pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) warned that Doctors who are medically qualified must consult pharmacist on the right drugs to apply for various ailments.
” These later developments ignited by PSN ,showed clearly lack of knowledge of specialities in the medical field and the provisions of National Health Act” he said