December 5, 2022

PCN seals 381 pharmacies, patent shops in Akwa Ibom

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria has sealed about 381 pharmacies and patent shops in Akwa Ibom State for various offences.

The Director and Head of Enforcement Department, Pharm Stephen Esumobi, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Uyo on Friday, said most of the affected shops were sealed for operating without registration or renewal of premises certificates, unauthorized sales of medicines of abuse and poor access control to the poison cupboard.

Other offences he said include poor storage facilities and temperature control, stocking and sale of prescription and other ethical products by the patent medicine vendors, among others.

He said that the enforcement team in continuation of the current drive by the council to streamline the drug distribution system visited 727 premises comprising 559 patent medicine shops and 168 pharmacies.

Esumobi said “the PCN enforcement team has been in Akwa Ibom State since the beginning of the week in continuation of the current drive by the council to streamline the drug distribution system in the country.

“The team visited the following local government areas; Uyo and it environ, Ikono, Abak, Itu, Eket, Ibesikpo/Asutan, Ikot Ekpene and Oron. At the end of the exercise. At the end of the exercise a total of 727 premises were visited. This comprises 559 patents medicines shops and 168 pharmacies.

“A total of 381 premises were sealed, comprising of 52 pharmacies and 329 patent medicine stores. A total of 16 compliance directives were issued,” he said.

“All registered premises are expected to display their current premises certificates or evidence of registration conspicuously within the premises to enable members of the public to know the status of premises where they buy their medicine.

“Premises certificates shall be renewed on or before 31st January every year and it is an offence for any premises to operate without registration or renewal of their premises certificates.

“In enforcing the PCN laws, the primary areas of focus of the PCN enforcement team are premises, personnel, and practice. It is an offence for any stakeholder to operate a pharmaceutical business in a location that has not been approved by PCN,” he added.

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