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Pharmacists under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have officially informed the Federal Government on the viability of Drug Revolving Funds (DRF) in public health institutions.
The pharmacists in a letter to the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, dated June 18, 2015, and signed by the PSN President, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, concluded: “The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria feels very strongly obliged in the light of the foregoing to continue to recommend the Drug Revolving Funds to governments at all levels not only because the Drug Revolving Funds is a dictate of an act of parliament (the Essential Drug Act), but because it is simple and unambiguous as governments or health institutions can run same via zero financing.
“Finally, we assure the Permanent Secretary that the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria is willing to partner with you in the event that any grey area arises with regards to this information.”
Akintayo wrote: “The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria finds it necessary to inform the Permanent Secretary once more on the viability of well managed Drug Revolving Funds in public health institutions.
… Say it’s critical to affordable, efficacious medicines
Experts have said that if the Drug Revolving Funds scheme is introduced in public health facilities, the problems of inflated, inefficacious and inaccessibility of medicines in the country would become a thing of the past.
Expressing these views are pharmacists who spoke under the umbrella of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) urging the Ministry of Health to implement Drug Revolving Funds (DRF) scheme in all public health institutions in the country, insisting that it is viable if properly managed.
The Nigerian government set up a drug revolving fund in 1988 to guarantee a reliable supply of low cost generic drugs for primary health care centres. The scheme was to be self-funded while improving prescribing practices and increasing equitable access to services.
The drug revolving fund (DRF) was part of a series of primary health care reforms initiated by the Nigerian government after the meeting of African Health Ministers at Bamako in 1987. After the initial government outlay to start the scheme, the primary care centres were expected to fund future purchases through drug sales and user fees. In a letter to Mr. Linus Awute, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, titled: “Information on the viability of Drug Revolving Funds (DRF) in public health institutions,” PSN lauded the DRF scheme at National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos. In the letter the society expressed optimism on the feasibility of the DRF scheme, citing the success of project at National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, as a reference point.