No fewer than 266 pharmaceutical outlets and patent medication shops have been sealed in Ekiti State by Pharmacists Council of Nigeria(PCN), for allegedly contravening the regulation guiding the sale of medication.
Additionally, six pharmacies that breached the PCN’s code can be prosecuted to guard the moral apply of the occupation and safeguard the well being of Nigerians.
The PCN Registrar, Dr. Elijah Mohammed, spoke at a press convention in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, after the physique’s enforcement workforce visited some drug promoting premises within the state.
Cities visited had been: Ifaki Ekiti, Ayetoro, Ikole, Ado, Igede, Aramoko, Oye, Ayegbaju Iworoko, Ilupeju, amongst others.
The Registrar, represented by PCN’s Director of Enforcement, Mr. Stephen Esumobi, mentioned:” On the finish of the enforcement train, a complete of 409 premises comprising 37 pharmacies and 372 patent medication outlets had been visited.
“A complete of 266 premises made up of 12 pharmacies and 254 patent medication outlets had been sealed off for working with out license, meting out moral merchandise with out the supervision of a pharmacist and for poor storage and sanitation.
“Six Patent Drugs distributors had been arrested for breaking PCN’s seals and they are going to be charged to court docket when investigations are concluded”.
Mohammed regretted that lots of the medication retailers in some elements of the nation would not have Pharmacists to deal with moral medicines of their premises, saying this had resulted in irrational meting out of medication, inflicting therapy failures and dire results on sufferers.
He disclosed that lots of the unlawful medication retailers had been sources of illicit drug provides to criminals in lots of elements of the nation who perform their nefarious prison actions below the affect of arduous medicine.
“As a way to deal with this problem, the PCN had been partaking drug sellers, educating them throughout the states on the necessity to function consistent with the federal government laws.
“The council had additionally stepped up enforcement actions throughout the nation with the intention of making certain that illicit medicine dealing are usually not allowed within the system”.
On how the offenders had been being prosecuted, Mohammed mentioned: “PCN lodges complain and offenders are prosecuted by the Legal professional Common of Federation within the state the place the offence was allegedly dedicated. On the offenders apprehended right here in Ekiti, we’re going to take applicable steps to make sure diligent and speedy prosecution”.
Talking in regards to the menace of drug counterfeiting within the nation, Mohammed added: “Many of the points being encountered now are usually not about drug counterfeiting, however drug degradation brought on by poor dealing with by sellers.
“A verify carried out exhibits that a lot of the medicine in circulation are real, they aren’t pretend however have been degraded by poor and unprofessional dealing with by some drug sellers. We’re having poor drug dealing with making medicine ineffective and inflicting critical hurt to the kidney and different physique organs of our residents”.