Perceptions of patent and proprietary medicine vendors and communities of the tiered accreditation programme for family planning services in Lagos and Kaduna states, Nigeria

With over 170 million people, Nigeria is the most populous nation and one of the largest economies in Africa (Iheoma et al.,2016). However, over 50% of its population lives below the poverty line, with poor access to medicines for minor disorders and symptoms (Asakitikpi & Asakitikpi,2019; Iheoma et al.,2016). Patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs) are drugstores or sales representatives who sell trademarked non-prescription over-the-counter drugs (OTC) for profit (Breslin & McKeown,2022; Oyeyemi et al.,2020; Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,2020). These medicine stores are central to providing essential medicines and increasing access to healthcare services for lower-income communities (Brieger et al.,2004; Iheoma et al.,2016).
This study evaluated the perception of patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs) of the accreditation programme to improve their capacity to provide family planning (FP) services in Lagos and Kaduna, Nigeria. A cross-sectional mixed-method approach among 224 PPMVs was used to investigate their perception, willingness to pay for and adhere to the programme, its benefits, and the community women’s perception of the value of PPMVs. Read more


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