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Public Health: Pharmacy Council seals off 751 pharmacies, medicine stores over infractions

*The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, a Federal Government regulatory agency seals off 751 medicine stores over poor documentation, poor storage facilities, and stocking of ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist in Gombe State

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a bid to improve regulatory standards and protect public health in the West African country, the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off 751 medicine stores in Gombe State.

ConsumerConnect reports the PCN is a Federal Government parastatal established by Act 91 of 1992 (Cap P17 LFN 2004) charged with the responsibility of ensuring quality control of pharmaceutical products in the country.

Stephen Esumobi, Director of Enforcement Team at PCN, who announced the development in a statement Thursday, April 25, 2024, said: “The medicine stores were sealed for offenses ranging from the sale of medicines in the open market to operating without registration with the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria.”

The Council explained also that the decision to shut the affected medicine stores in the Norther state resulted from their poor documentation, poor storage facilities, and stocking of ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist.

Esumobi stated: “The PCN enforcement team operated in five local government areas of the state from to April 20 to 25, covering Gombe, Akko, Yalmatu Deba, Funakaye, and Billiri LGAs.

“At the end of the exercise, a total of 1,001 premises were visited. This is made up of 71 pharmacies, 346 patent medicine shops and 584 illegal premises, including those in the Gombe open drug market.”

The Director of Enforcement Team further affirmed that a total of 751 premises were sealed.

The premises sealed include 39 pharmacies, 128 patent medicine shops and 584 illegal medicine shops, noted the statement.

Esumobi disclosed that the PCN, as a government agency, was not interested in crippling businesses but willing to encourage growth bearing safety in mind.

He equally said: “The PCN has mandated its office in Gombe to render all necessary assistance to medicine dealers in the state open drug market and other locations who are willing to comply with regulations.”

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