Coun­cil seals 178 medicine stores in Rivers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

The Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Coun­cil of Nige­ria (PCN) said at the week­end that it sealed 178 patent medicine stores in Rivers State. The coun­cil also said an undis­closed num­ber of per­sons were ar­rested dur­ing their en­force­ment ex­er­cise in the state.

The Di­rec­tor and Head of depart­ment in charge of in­spec­tion and mon­i­tor­ing at the coun­cil, Phar­ma­cist An­to­nia Aruya, at a press brief­ing in Port Har­court said they were in Rivers State to carry out an en­force­ment ex­er­cise. He added that the stores sealed were in­volved in of­fences rang­ing from dis­pens­ing of drugs with­out the su­per­vi­sion of a phar­ma­cist, poor stor­age con­di­tions, selling medicines above ap­proved list for patent medicine ven­dors as well as non-reg­is­tra­tion of premises.

She said, “It was ob­served in Rivers State that so many premises com­menced op­er­a­tion with­out fol­low­ing the laid down guide­lines. Some are lo­cated in en­vi­ron­ments that are not con­ducive for sale of medicines while many oth­ers failed to meet min­i­mum re­quire­ment for stor­age and per­son­nel thus ex­pos­ing mem­bers of the public to the dan­gers of con­sum­ing medicines whose qual­ity, safety and ef­fi­cacy can­not be guar­an­teed”.

“Another cat­e­gory of of­fend­ers are reg­is­tered premises that failed to re­new their premises cer­tifi­cates with the PCN as re­quired by law. The an­nual re­newal of premises cer­tifi­cate is manda­tory and it is to en­sure that reg­is­tered premises and shops con­tinue to main­tain or im­prove on the stan­dards that qual­i­fied them for li­cen­sure. One of the core man­dates of the PCN is en­sur­ing ra­tio­nal dis­tri­bu­tion and dis­pens­ing of medicines that are safe, ef­fec­tive and of good qual­ity. Any­one wish­ing to key into the na­tional drug dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem by open­ing a phar­macy or patent medicine shop is re­quired to ap­ply for lo­ca­tion ap­proval be­fore putting any struc­ture or fur­nish­ing in place,” he said.

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