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In this UNAJUA episode, Vivian Nwakah offers insight into the dynamics of Nigeria's open drug markets. Vivian highlights the counterintuitive ways that drug regulation affects the supply-side logistics of local and international drug producers. She believes that the intelligent use of technological solutions in the supply process will allow for medications to be sourced and distributed more safely and reliably.

Vivian Nwakah is the co-founder & CEO of Medsaf, an enterprise pharma supply chain startup based in Lagos, Nigeria. Vivian is a serial entrepreneur and strategist and whose accolades include recognition by Forbes, the British Royal Family, and the Women in Africa Initiative.

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ARTICLE: Curbing the circulation of counterfeit medicines in Nigeria by Manon Ress, Jacob Levi, Diarmaid McDonald, John Piears and Dzintars Gotham (The Lancet)
OP-ED: Nigeria relies heavily on drug imports. Why this is worrying in the time of COVID-19 by Wuraola Akande-Sholabi (The Conversation)
ARTICLE: Big Pharma’s Ominous Role in Nigeria’s Fake Drugs Crisis by Taylor Mitchell (The McGill International Review)
ARTICLE: Winning in Nigeria: Pharma’s next frontier by Tania Holt, Laura Millroy and Matthews Mmopi (McKinsey & Company)
ARTICLE: Pharmacists seek technological revolution in Nigeria’s pharma sector by Sola Ogundipe (Vanguard)
ARTICLE: Health care in Nigeria: Challenges and recommendations by Bolaji Aregbeshola (SocialProtection.org)
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