The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed 340 drug vendors and stores in Edo State due to non-compliance with guidelines on the distribution of patent medicine.
The Registrar of the council Elijah Mohammed who was represented by the PCN’s Director of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, in a press conference held on Thursday in Benin said 256 patent medicines vendors shops and 84 pharmacies were sealed.
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According to Esumobi, the is the first phase of activities of the PCN; put in place to rationalize the drug distribution system and as well improve the level of pharmaceutical service rendered to the people of Edo State.
“The PCN has put in place guidelines derived from the enabling act to guide the distribution of medicines from the manufacturers and importers until they get to the end-users. All stakeholders must comply accordingly in the interest of public safety”. Stephen said.
The Registrar, however, advised drug consumers and the general public to source their medicine from registered and currently licensed pharmaceutical stores and over the counter medicines stores. He posited that most drugs sold in unregistered outlets, cannot be guaranteed to be genuine as a result of the effect of poor handling and exposure to environmental factors which reduce them to low quality.
Stephen Esumobi also stated that 22 compliance directives were issued to premises, for various kinds of offences including poor sanitary conditions, poor documentation and display of premises and pharmacist annual licenses.