Functions of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria

Functions of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria

It is not often that we get to learn about the functions of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, so take this opportunity to find out more about this organisation. Check this article out for information on PSN Nigeria’s aims and objectives, as well as on the society itself.

Functions of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
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What are the functions of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria?

In case you do not know, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, or PSN for short, is a professional association that is meant to provide good quality pharmaceutical services for its members. The official website of the PSN lists the following things as aims and objectives of the organisation:

  • Maintaining a high standard of discipline and professional ethics among its members;
  • Promoting and maintaining a high standard of pharmaceutical education in the country;
  • Promoting legislation to enhance the interest and the image of the profession and practitioners of pharmacy;
  • Collecting and disseminating scientific, statistical and other information that concerns pharmacy and publishing it in the official journal;
  • Advising on pharmacists’ labour conditions.

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Functions of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
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As for some of the more specific functions of PSN, these include:

  • Investigating acts of unethical misconduct and indiscipline among Pharmacists and making recommendations to the National Council;
  • Initiating sustainable policies and facilitating advocacy programmes that could launder the corporate image of pharmacists and pharmacy in general;
  • Evaluating pharmacy and drug statutes that should match the practitioners’ expectations;
  • Mentoring pharmacy students;
  • Designing sustainable schemes that could protect the future of pharmacists;
  • Alleviating pharmacists’ discomforts with the help of welfare programmes;
  • Conducting surveys and studies in areas of critical concern in pharmacy practice and so on.

As you can see, this organisation is concerned with all things that revolve around pharmacists, so unless you are somehow involved in the profession, it is unlikely that you will have any business with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

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Functions of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria
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Now that you know about the aims, objectives and functions of PSN in Nigeria, take a minute to learn about some facts concerning this organisation:

  1. PSN was established back in 1927, but its history can be traced to 1887, when European pharmacy was first introduced to Nigeria. In 1922, the Association of Nigeria Dispensers was created, which served as a parent organisation for PSN.
  2. In case you have not noticed, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria logo you can see above looks quite interesting. It features the green-white background (like the colours of the Nigerian flag), an interesting cocktail of what looks like medicine, the outline of Nigeria adorned with palm trees, and a mortar and pestle, the traditional instrument used by many pharmacists back in the day.
  3. The first President of PSN was T.K.E. Philips, who was elected in 1947. The current President of PSN is Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, and he was elected in November this year (2018).
  4. There are four types of membership within the PSN: full (for registered pharmacists in Nigeria), associate (for intern pharmacists), affiliate (for pharmacy students in their final year) and honorary (for pharmacists registered outside of Nigeria).
  5. Do not confuse the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). Although they are both involved in the pharmacy industry in Nigeria, they have different functions.

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