The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN has sealed off 236 out of the 240 premises of pharmacies and patent medicine shops visited in Ekiti State.
At a press conference held in Ado-Ekiti, weekend, the Deputy Director and Head of Enforcement, Pharm. Stephen Esumobi, listed their offences ranging from unauthorized sale of medicines and operating without the supervision of a pharmacist among others.
According to Pharm. Esumobi, those affected were 12 pharmacies and 224 patent medicine shops while only 4 premises were issued compliance directives for issues ranging from poor documentation, poor storage condition of medicines among others.
Pharm. Esumobi, who led the team in Ekiti State appealed to all
stakeholders to follow the laws that regulate the sale of medicines in Nigeria.
He said: “the federal government of Nigeria will not tolerate the indiscriminate sale of drugs without submission to regulatory control that will guarantee sale and distribution of medicines through approved channels licensed by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN.”
He advised the public to purchase their medicines from licensed pharmacies and simple household remedies from licensed patent and propriety medicines vendor shops.
Also, he commended some stakeholders for their cooperation with the PCN in its effort to ensure sanity in the drug distribution system in the country.
Pharm. Esumobi, however condemned the action of some operators for protesting the enforcement exercise describing their action as a threat to human medicine in the country.
The PCN described the patent medicine shop owners in Nigeria as rendering good services to the people but that they must do it well and obey the law in their operations.
He thanked the Ekiti State police command for their maturity in
handling the protesters during the protest. He noted that the PCN office had received reports of the activities of unregistered premises which engage in the illegal sale of medicines in Ekiti State.

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