By: MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau.
The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) has disclosed that it sealed 280 illegal drug premises in Zamfara State in its bid to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public.
PCN’s Director, Inspection and Monitoring, and leader of the enforcement delegation to Zamfara State, Mrs Anthonia Aruya made the disclosure on Friday in Gusau while addressing journalists on the week long activities of the council in the state.
She said the enforcement exercise in Zamfara is part of efforts by PCN to reverse this ugly trend and improve on the quality of pharmaceutical services delivery to the good people of the state.
Aruya added that the sealing of the the illegal premises was in compliance with the marching order given by the National Assembly to close down illegal medicine premises in the country and also the directive by the minister of health to ensure that all premises were medicines are stored or sold are registered with PCN.
She added, some of these premises stored products in environments where the quality, safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products cannot be guaranteed thus exposing the public to serious danger.
“At the end of the enforcement exercise, a total of 365 premises were visited out of which a total of 280 premises made up of four illegal pharmacies and 361 Patent Medicine stores were sealed for various offences some of which include operating without registration with PCN, failure to renew premises license, dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor sanitary conditions among others. One compliance directive was issued to a Pharmacy”, she said.
Aruya said the PCN sealed the affected premises as the Council cannot guarantee that drugs sold in the illegal premises are of same integrity as specified by the manufacturers.