Council shuts down 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises in Nigeria

*Pharmacists Council of Nigeria shuts 740 illegal medicines shops, 68 illegal pharmacies in July ─Dr. Elijah Mohammed, Registrar

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For constituting a danger to the well-being of the Nigerian consumers, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it has shut down 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises July 2020 in the country.

Dr. Elijah Mohammed, Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) disclosed this development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, FCT, while giving an update of the council’s activities in July.

The PCN Registrar said out of the 1,179 pharmaceutical premises inspected by the council’s enforcement team, 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies were sealed off.

Mohammed stated: “In the month of July, the enforcement team of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria visited Kwara and Ogun states in line with its mandate to sanitise the healthcare environment of our dear country.

“A total of 1,179 pharmaceutical premises were inspected during the visits and at the end of the visit, 808 premises were sealed including 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies.”

He, however, cautioned people who engaged in the sales and promotion of medicines online to visit their PCN state offices to register the online pharmacies latest August 31.

The minimum requirement for an online pharmacy is its direct affiliation to a registered physical brick and mortar pharmacy, said he.

According to him, “failure to do so will lead to the pulling down of such portals and subsequent prosecution.

“These include full-fledged online pharmacy websites, stores hosted on all purpose e-commerce sites and also those practiced on social media handles.

“Colleagues are encouraged to report erring online pharmacies to this email address,’’ he said.

The Council promised to deliver its full mandate especially as it concerned investigation and discipline of professional misconduct among players in the pharmaceutical industry, he stated.

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