By Andy Chukwu
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off 577 medicine selling premises, consisting of 96 pharmacies and 481 patent medicine shops in Anambra for various offences.
Mrs Anthonia Aruya, PCN’s Director, Inspection and Monitoring, who disclosed this in Awka said that a total of 779 medicine premises were visited during the sanitisation exercise in the state
She said the offences of the closed outlets range from poor handling of controlled substances, sale and dispensing of prescription drugs without the supervision of a pharmacist as well as unhygienic environment and poor documentation.
“The enforcement was in fulfilment of its mandate as stated in PCN Act, Cap P17, LFN, 2004 and also in line with the National Drug Distribution Guide of the Federal Government.
“The activities are geared at streamlining the drug distribution value chain to promote safe, effective and quality medicine distribution along registered and licensed premises.
“Pharmacies that opened at will without recourse to the Council cannot be guaranteed to have standards that will maintain the integrity of the products within such facilities, ‘’ she said.
Aruya said that the council and other regulatory agencies were working to relocate all open drug markets to coordinated wholesale centres for proper regulation.
She advised the public to always seek registration status of facilities where they access medicines to safeguard themselves from patronising quacks.