No fewer than 296 patent medicine stores and 15 pharmaceutical shops have been shut down by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) for non-adherence to guidelines and regulations in Kogi.
Pharm. Stephen Esumobi, Director and Head of Enforcement Department, PCN, disclosed this at a press conference on Sunday in Lokoja.
Esumobi noted that the PCN enforcement team had been in Kogi for some days as part of efforts to streamline the drug distribution system.
It was observed that so many premises in Kogi state still operate in breach of regulations.
”These premises operate without registration with PCN while others have failed to renew their premises license.”At the end of the exercise, a total of 390 premises were visited, which comprises 342 Patent Medicines Shops (PMS) and 48 pharmacies.
”A total of 311 premises were sealed, comprising 15 Pharmacies and 296 patent medicines shops.
A total of two compliance directives were issued while three patent medicine vendors were arrested for breaking PCN seals,” Esumobi said
He stressed that the premises were sealed for operating without registration or renewal of premises certificates, unauthorized sale of performance enhancing drugs and medicines of abuse, poor access control to the poison cupboards, among others.
He emphasised that the PCN guidelines and regulations were designed to ensure that stakeholders continue to meet the required standards of practice in their operations in line with global best practices.