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PCN Seals 387 Pharmacies, Patient Medicines Shops In Ibadan

By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan


PCN has sealed no fewer than 387 pharmacies and patient medicines shops in Ibadan for over illegal operation.

Naijanewshub.com.ng reports that no fewer than 387 pharmacies and patient medicines shops in Ibadan metropolis have been locked by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN),South West Zone over illegal operation and breach of PCN operation regulations.

Pharm. Stephen Esumobi briefing journalists during the press conference held at the PCN Building in Ibadan

The PCN South-West Director and Head of Enforcement Department, Pharm. Stephen Esumobi made this known during a news conference on Thursday in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo state.

In attendance at the news conference is PCN South-West Director, Dr Yejide Oseni and Director of Special Duties, Mr Peter Iliya.

Esumobi said that the PCN enforcement team in his efforts to streamline the drug distribution system visited a total of 585 premises comprising 406 Patent Medicines Shops (PMS) and 179 Pharmacies in Ibadan.

He said that at the end of the exercise a total of 387 premises were sealed which made up of 57 pharmacies and 330 patent medicines shops for illegal and breach of PCN operation regulations.

Esunmobi further said that 10 compliance directives were issued while one of the operators of an unregistered patent medicine shop was arrested for breaking PCN seal.

He said that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who carried out their assigned duties diligently and professionally.

Esunmobi said that it was worrisome that despite a lot of sensitisation, many pharmacies and patients shops in Oyo State still operate in breach of regulations.

He said that some operate without registration with PCN while others have failed to renew their premises licences.

“Another worrisome observation is the fact that patent medicine shops sell medicines outside the approved drug list and engage in clinical services and don’t have the knowledge and training to engage in such activities putting the life of the public at risk.

“Also some pharmacies operate without engaging the services of a pharmacist while some premises registered as wholesalers and engage in retailing,” he said.

The director advised the public to source their needed drugs from registered and currently licensed pharmacies and Over-the-Counter medicines from registered patent medicine shops.

Esunmobi maintained that all licensed premises are expected to display their premises licences or evidence of registration conspicously in the premises.

He said that patent medicine vendor was only authorised to stock and sell medicines in the approved drug list for vendors and it was an offence for them to sell medicines outside the approved list or engage in clinical practice.

“In order to ensure that standards are maintained, all licenced premises are expected to renew their licences on or before 31 January every year and premises that fail to renew their licences after 31 March shall be closed down by the PCN enforcement team,” Esubomi said.

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