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Sunday, 30 July 2017

397 Drug Stores sealed in Abia state by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria

Mr Stephen Esumobi, the Deputy Director of Enforcement disclosed that 397 drug stores have been sealed in Abia State by Pharmacists Council of Nigeria for various offences.

He revealed that the exercise was carried out with the aim of ensuring proper distribution and dispersion of quality and safe drugs to the people.

In his statement, Esumobi said the case in Abia state is pathetic as most of the stores they visited in cause of the exercise, are not up to standard and stand as risk to the health of the public.

“What we have seen in Abia State is that many of the premises are not registered and the products are stored in an environment that is not suitable. Some of these products are sensitive to light and can be easily degraded by light and most of the products are not stored at the right temperature. The implication is that many of these products even though they are not expired are already degraded and are no longer good enough for human consumption. Many of the people handling these drugs do not have the requisite knowledge and cannot even pronounce the drugs they are selling” he said.

He further disclosed that in the state capital Umuahia , so many drug stores were functioning in an unclean environment with others selling medicines that are already expired to the public thereby endangering lives, warning pharmacist into such practices to desist because the Council will not spare anyone guilty of such.

 In their record, during the exercise carried out, a total number of 441 premises were visted and 360 patent drug stores, 37 pharmacies operating without being registered with the PCN were sealed, while 27 others were issued ultimatum to work on their documentations and licences or be shut down.

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