The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, has sealed 283 illegal pharmacies and patent medicine shops in Zamfara for failing to meet its regulations and standards.
Anthonia Aruya, director of Inspection and Monitoring of the council, made the disclosure at a press conference in Gusau on Friday.
She said out of the 329 pharmacies and patent medicine shops visited by the council, only 46 met the standard requirements while the remaining 283 were sealed for various offences. She added that \ out of the 283 sealed premises, four were pharmacies while 279 were patent medical stores.
Aruya also said that most of the pharmacies and patent medical stores in the state are operating without registering with the PCN.
“Some of the patent medical store owners do not have requisite knowledge or skills to handle ethical drugs in their facilities.
“The PCN cannot guarantee those drugs sold in unregistered outlets, since they did not register with the council.
“This enforcement is part of the efforts by PCN to reverse this ugly trend and improve on the quality of pharmaceutical services delivery to the public,” she said.
Aruya further urged members of the public to always purchase medicines from licensed patent medical stores and pharmacies.
“I am also calling on those intending to start pharmaceutical businesses to get in touch with the PCN offices for proper guidance,” she said.
- Bola Kougbe