PCN seals 234 medicine shops in Oyo

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

A to­tal of 269 phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal fa­cil­i­ties com­pris­ing 12 phar­macy stores and 222 patent and pro­pri­etary medicine ven­dors (PPMVs) shops have been sealed by the mon­i­tor­ing and en­force­ment team of the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Coun­cil of Nige­ria (PCN).

The Coun­cil said the ac­tion against the shops was for op­er­at­ing with­out valid li­cence on one hand, or op­er­at­ing be­yond the li­censed scope on the other hand.

In the same vein, 11 other phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the state were is­sued com­pli­ance di­rec­tives by the PCN head­quar­ters en­force­ment team with a view to en­abling them per­fect the iden­ti­fied loop­holes in their op­er­a­tions.

Dis­clos­ing this to jour­nal­ists in Ibadan shortly af­ter con­clud­ing a week-long oper­a­tion in Oyo State, the PCN Di­rec­tor in charge of In­spec­tion and Mon­i­tor­ing, Mrs. An­tho­nia Aruya, lamented that the sit­u­a­tion on ground “is that a good num­ber of patent and pro­pri­etary medicine ven­dors (PPMVs) do not want to submit to reg­u­la­tion, nei­ther do they ap­pre­ci­ate the del­i­cate na­ture of the crit­i­cal ser­vices ren­dered by them that di­rectly af­fects life.”

Aruya told news­men that the PCN en­force­ment team had vis­ited Ibadan metropo­lis, Iseyin, Oyo, Saki and Eruwa/Ig­boora dur­ing the week-long oper­a­tion to strengthen the reg­u­la­tory ac­tiv­i­ties and to en­lighten the public that ser­vices ren­dered in un­reg­is­tered out­lets could not be guar­an­teed and should thus be avoided. She fur­ther re­marked that li­cenced phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal out­lets were sup­posed to be re­newed by March 31st of each year or be sealed.

She de­clared, “It is time we be­gin to do the right thing in Nige­ria. And it will start with us. If we all do the right thing in our lit­tle corners, then on a na­tional spread, I know that Nige­ria will be mov­ing for­ward. Enough is enough.”

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