The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) yesterday reiterated the need for licensed pharmacists and patent medicine practitioners to continue to operate within the Nigeria Regulatory Act Cap P17, LFN, 2004.
Addressing a press conference in Benin City, Edo State, Director, Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs. Anthonia Aruya, said 308 facilities in Edo operating illegal pharmacies and patent medicine stores were closed during their operations in the state adding that the core mandate of PCN is ensuring rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public. “Members of the public are advised to purchase their medicines from licensed pharmacies and simple household remedies from licensed patent and propriety medicine vendor shops.
A total of 308 premises made up of 38 illegal pharmacies and 207 patent Medicine Stores were sealed for various offences some of which are operating without registration with Pharmacist Council of Nigeria. Before a pharmaceutical facility commences operation it must fulfil certain conditions in line with the PCN guidelines.
“First, the facility is expected to apply for location approval. This is because not every location is suitable for pharmaceutical business. When the location is approved the premises will put the necessary structure in place for facility inspection.”
She noted that there exist in the state numerous premises operating as Pharmacy shops and patent medicine stores without fulfilling the minimum requirements for registrations thereby exposing the public to danger. She maintained that much of the concern of PCN is corrective measures coupled with adequate prosecution by the law if anyone is found flouting the law of the council thereby urging members of the public to exercise caution when purchasing their drugs for use.
This routine and enforcement exercise she said has been carried out in Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Ebonyi, Kwara, Benue, Delta, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Abuja, Nassarawa, Enugu, Kaduna, and Cross River states as part of its mandate to guarantee the integrity of drugs sold in any outlet.
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