Why Nigeria Must Strengthen its Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Capacity

  • Melody Okereke Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
  • Adebowale Adekunbi Consultant, Regulatory Information Management and Systems (RIMS)
  • Yusuf Ghazali Production Pharmacist, Fidson Healthcare PLC
Keywords: Nigeria, Pharmaceutical Industry, Local, Manufacturing, Production, Importation


With over 115 registered pharmaceutical manufacturers, Nigeria still depends on other countries for the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients. Significant attention has not been paid to the local production of raw materials, pharmaceutical dosage formulations, or processing equipment, which has resulted in a decline in the country's pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity. Owing to the overall importance of the pharmaceutical industry, it is, therefore, essential to pay close attention to developmental issues affecting this sector. In this commentary, we explore why Nigeria must boost its local pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity.


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Received 2021-05-29
Published 2021-09-22
Pharmacy Practice & Practice-Based Research