BY PATIENCE IVIE IHEJIRIKA, Abuja
The Pharmacists Council Of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 424 premises, comprising 99 pharmacies and 325 patent medicine shops, during an enforcement exercise in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
PCN registrar, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, who disclosed this during a press briefing on Friday in Abuja, said the pharmacies and shops were sealed for various offences.
Some of the offences, according to him, include operating without registration with PCN, failure to renew premises license, dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor storage and sanitary condition, among others.
The registrar, who was represented by the director enforcement, PCN, Pharm. Stephen Esumobi, added that eight pharmacies and patent medicine shops were issued compliance directive.
“At the end of the enforcement exercise, a total of 644 premises comprising 216 pharmacies and 428 patent medicine shops were visited. A total of 424 premises made up of 99 pharmacies and 325 patent medicine shops were sealed for various offences,” he said.
Mohammed, however, said the FCT state office of the PCN was doing all in its powers to assist owners of premises who are ready to comply with regulations.
“The facilities that fulfil conditions for registration as patent medicine shops will be registered and their owners will be trained on how to handle simple household medicines at the PCN orientation programme. Subsequently, they will undergo continuous education programme every two years,” he did.
The council advised Nigerians to purchase their medicines from licensed pharmacies and simple household remedies from licensed patent and proprietary medicine vendors’ shops.