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Alta Semper faces Reps panel over ownership of Health Plus Pharmacy

A personal fairness agency, Alta Semper, is to face a Home of Representatives panel, over what the lawmakers described as “illegal waiver” obtained by the corporate to carry shares in a preferred retail Pharmacy, Well being Plus.

The decision adopted a petition by one Mr. Oladimeji Ekengba, difficult an alleged waiver granted by Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to Alter Semper Capital, often known as Idi Holdings.

Reps Spokesman, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, offered the petition on behalf of the petitioner throughout the plenary.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, Rep. Kalu mentioned the choice by the Home to research the matter was so as and in keeping with the Act establishing the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).

Kalu pointed that the petitioner argued consistent with Part 2(2) of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act, P.17, 2004 (PCN Act), which says, a retail pharmacy can solely be wholly owned by a registered pharmacist or in partnership with different registered pharmacists.

The petitioner additional acknowledged that the letter of ‘No Objection’ allegedly issued to Alta Semper as a waiver by PCN was unlawful.

“The Committee on Public Petitions has been mandated by the Home to research this subject.

“The administration of Well being Plus, Alta Semper Capital, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria plus and each different one who has performed a job within the subject will quickly be invited to the Home”, he mentioned.

Kalu burdened that, “the PCN Act established the PCN, a physique charged with duty for regulating the follow of the pharmacy career in Nigeria, and in addition charged with the duty for sustaining a register of certified pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies.

“The mixed provisions of the PCN Act and the PCN Rules stipulate {that a} retail pharmacy can solely be owned by a registered pharmacist or in partnership with different registered pharmacists.

“So it was surprising to be taught that by a letter dated 30 October 2017, the PCN Registrar granted a waiver to an fairness funding relationship between Well being Plus Restricted and Alta Semper Capital (a.okay.a. Idi Holdings) in March 2018.

“That is in defiance of the clear stipulation of our legal guidelines, which doesn’t allow unqualified individuals to personal or function a retail pharmacy enterprise in Nigeria.

“A mere letter can not and should not be allowed to abrogate an Act of the Nationwide Meeting.

“Subsequently, any construction placed on that weak basis shouldn’t be allowed to face as a result of it was not birthed by legality.

“The one treatment for the Alta Semper-Well being Plus anomaly is for events to be returned to established order. Whereas we’re open to international direct funding, non-public fairness corporations should come via the entrance door and never the again door.

“We’re a rule of legislation compliant nation. Traders should perceive this and adjust to our legal guidelines”.

The spokesperson additional identified that, “The Covid-19 scourge has critically impacted drugs safety in Nigeria.

“So, as we navigate the challenges of the pandemic, now greater than ever, there’s a grave duty on the federal government to make sure greatest practices and a wholesome regulatory house for native pharmaceutical companies to thrive.

“Pharmaceutical follow requirements and the integrity of the provision chain shouldn’t be distorted or compromised.

“We can not permit unlicensed practitioners in Nigeria’s pharmaceutical house as a result of it may create a window for faux or substandard medication to be launched into the system,” Kalu added.

He expressed confidence that the Home would do justice to the issues raised by the petitioner to make sure the well being and security of Nigerian residents had been safeguarded towards predatory or charlatan practitioners within the pharmaceutical sector.

Reacting, some pharmacists in Nigeria expressed displeasure with the event.

They argued that the connection between Alta Semper Capital and Well being Plus, was primarily based on an illegality which they mentioned was dangerous to the pharmaceutical sector.

A pharmacist primarily based in Abuja who most popular to stay nameless mentioned, “What occurred with Well being Plus and the international traders units a flawed precedent within the pharmaceutical trade if allowed to face.

“It’s an affront to the integrity of the career that an unqualified individual will likely be allowed to run a pharmacy in Nigeria just because he’s a international investor.

“This can not occur within the authorized career or the medical career, so why ought to it occur to pharmacists?

The pharmacist burdened that “the Registrar was flawed and acted illegally by issuing a letter of no objection to a flagrant abuse of the PCN Act.

“In my very own thoughts, let the traders be refunded and well being plus made to attend for them to return via the right channels.”

He mentioned if the allegations had been discovered to be true, the disciplinary committee of the PCN ought to invite the Registrar for questioning.

He recommended the Home for rising to the event, saying, “We hope it can return sanity to the career by returning all events, each Well being Plus and Alta Semper to their preliminary positions earlier than the letter of no objection.”

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