Coun­cil seals 339 medicine stores over al­leged mis­con­ducts, oth­ers

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - From Collins Olayinka, Abuja

THE Phar­ma­cists Coun­cil of Nige­ria (PCN) has sealed 339 il­le­gal premises that in­cluded medicine shops and phar­macy out­lets over non-ad­her­ence to the ethics of the pro­fes­sion.

The Reg­is­trar of the Coun­cil, Eli­jah Mo­hammed, who dis­closed this in Abuja re­cently, ex­plained that premises were sealed for var­i­ous off­fences that in­clude op­er­a­tion with­out reg­is­tra­tion with the PCN, fail­ure to re­new op­er­a­tional li­cense, dis­pens­ing eth­i­cal prod­ucts with­out the su­per­vi­sion of a phar­ma­cist, poor stor­age and san­i­tary con­di­tion.

Mo­hammed in­sisted that the Coun­cil is de­ter­mined to en­sure com­pli­ance to the new na­tional drug dis­tri­bu­tion guide­lines, which is to en­sure that medicines re­main safe, ef­fec­tive and good qual­ity as they tran­sit from level of dis­tri­bu­tion chain to an­other un­til they fi­nally get to the pa­tients and other end users.

He ex­plained that one of the iden­ti­fied weak­nesses in the dis­tri­bu­tion chain is the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal medicine stores that do not have proper stor­age fa­cil­i­ties that could lead to the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of medicines thus mak­ing them un­suit­able for hu­man con­sump­tion.

PCN Scribe added: “Th­ese il­le­gal out­lets do not have trained per­son­nel to han­dle the medicines in their premises. This has con­trib­uted im­mensely to ir­ra­tional dis­pens­ing of medi- cines re­sult­ing in treat­ment fail­ures and un­to­ward ef­fects on pa­tients and other un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic who pa­tron­ize them. Also, the ac­tiv­i­ties of th­ese il­le­gal out­lets tend to en­cour­age the abuse and mis­use of con­trolled medicines with the at­ten­dant neg­a­tive so­cial and se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions.”

He hinted that PCN has stepped up en­force­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties across the coun­try in or­der to stem the wor­ri­some de­vel­op­ment.

Kano State Deputy Gover­nor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar (sec­ond left) and his en­tourage lis­ten as the Con­troller, NDIC Kano Zonal Of­fice, Mr. Kabir Oniyangi (first right) ex­plains the man­date of the NDIC at the 2017 Kano In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair.

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