A total of 148 drug stores were on Friday shut for unathourised sale of drugs in Cross River State by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN.
Mr. Stephen Esumobi, PCN's Head of Enforcement, made the disclosure at a press conference in Calabar.
He explained that the drug stores were closed as part of measures to ensure that only quality drugs are sold to the public. He added that the shops were also shut because they operated with supervision by pharmacists, sparse education of operators and poor storage of drugs.
Esumobi said the enforcement became necessary, following reports of the activities of unregistered premises, which engage in the illegal sale of medicines in the state.
He added that some of the registered premises were selling beyond PCN- the approved list of drugs.
“At the end of our one week enforcement exercise, we visited 198 drug premises. 148 of them, comprising two pharmacies, 48 patent medicine shops and 98 unregistered premises were sealed for various offences.
“In doing this, we are discharging one of the core mandates of PCN – ensuring rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality.
“To carry out this mandate, the PCN established structures such as the Pharmaceutical Inspection Committee in all states of the federation and Abuja,” he said.