The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) recently carried out a sealing up exercise which involved the sealing up of 216 drug outlets in Lagos comprising of 30 pharmacies and 186 patent medicine stores, for various offences ranging from operating without registration, failure to renew premises licenses and dispensing of ethical drugs without supervision of pharmacists.
The Director and Head of Inspection and Monitoring, PCN, Pharm Anthonia Aruya, disclosed to pressmen during the weekend stating that 43 other outlets were issued compliance directives for poor sanitary conditions, poor documentation, among others.
PCN is determined to uphold the laws that regulate the practice of Pharmacy in Nigeria as the Federal government will not tolerate the indiscriminate sale of drugs without submission to regulatory control. – she said.
She also encouraged the public to purchase their medicines from licensed pharmacies and simple household remedies from licensed patent and propriety medicines vendor shops.
Urging those who intend to carry out pharmaceutical business to get in touch with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) head office located at Plot 7/9, Idu Industrial Layout, Abuja or any of the state offices for a proper guidance.
“The inspection ensures that other conditions that will promote good pharmaceutical services delivery are in place.” – she further said.