Senegal’s pharmaceutical industry is in crisis. The alert is made by Abdou Aziz Cissé, president of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association of Senegal, one of the guests of the programme LR du Temps on iRadio. In Cissé’s view, Senegal needs to get its own pharmaceutical company. He says that all the provisions are there but, he notes with regret: « Operationalisation remains the main handicap to its implementation ». Continuing his argument, he reveals that « our country imports 85 to 90% of the medicines in its pharmacies. We need to meet the needs of our populations for medicines, especially in view of the coronavirus pandemic ».
The president of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association of Senegal stresses that the environment of the pharmaceutical industry is not favourable to its development. And, he believes, whatever efforts are made, if this environment is not changed with the resolution of certain bottlenecks, the same causes will produce the same effects. Thus, Abdou Aziz Cissé pleads for the pharmaceutical industry to be considered as the defence sector, all the more so because, in his opinion, the drug will have the same stakes as the stakes.
« We can reach 50% of our needs in drugs by 2050. If the necessary reforms are made we will get there because we have the know-how, commitment and determination, » he reassures. For his co-debate, Adama Wade, Director of Financial Afrik, there is no lack of will, but rather a wait-and-see attitude.
Then, Adama Wade believes that medicines should be considered as a good and an economic service. There is one positive point, » he says, « and that is that the political will is there. We should consider medicines as a good and an economic service that is subject to the necessities of controlled factors that affect regional and international competitiveness, » he stresses.