By Udo Akam-Alo, ABAKALIKI
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, has recently sealed 348 medical and patent premises in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
The Registrar of the Council, Nurudeen Elijah Mohammed announced this to newsmen in the state.
He said that such came as a result of the various offences committed by the defaulters against the law.
Nurudeen’s representative, (Mrs) Anthonia Ariya who is the Director of Inspection and Monitoring Sector, noted that the defaulters committed offences ranging from illegal prescription and dispensing of drugs, non-registration and more.
Speaking further, Mrs Ariya noted that the essence of the exercise was to ensure quality distribution of medicines, among others.
She however stressed the need to have a more coordinated open drug market after relocation. “Total of 348 shops were sealed comprising of 3 pharmacies and 345 Patent Medicine shops.
“A total of 556 premises were visited comprising of 49 pharmacies and 507 Patent Medicine shops.
“Five premises were issued compliance directives for issues ranging from sale and dispensing of ethical prescription drugs without the supervision of a Pharmacist, unhygienic environment and poor documentation, among others in the interest of public safety.
“This is geared at streamlining the drug distribution value to promote the availability of safe, effective and quality medicines distributed among registered and currently licenced premises,” the Director reiterated.
She also warned against the breaking of the seal as anyone or group who falls victim will not escape prosecution and further urged the General Public to be vigilant and be mindful of quackery as they go about activities concerning their health status.
She says “It is a criminal offence to break the Federal Government’s seal. Anyone found to have broken the seal placed on their premises will be prosecuted to a logical conclusion.
“The general public is advised to ask for the registration status of facilities where they access their medicines by requesting for the current annual licenses issued by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria from any Pharmaceutical outlet to safeguard themselves from patronizing quacks.”