PCN seals 14 Pharmacies, 287 patent medicine shops in Abia | Dailytrust

PCN seals 14 Pharmacies, 287 patent medicine shops in Abia

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN)
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN)

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, has sealed up 14 Pharmacies and 287 patent shops in Abia State.

The Registrar of the Council, Pharmacist Elijah Mohammed, who led the enforcement team in a week-long exercise in collaboration with officers of the State Security Service, visited a total of 394 premises made up of 44 pharmacies and 350 patent medicine shops.

Mohammed said 14 Pharmacies and 287 patent shops were sealed for offences which include operating without registration with the PCN, selling ethical medicines without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor documentation, poor storage condition and unauthorized sale of substance of abuse.

The Registrar expressed shock that most of the outlets in Abia State don’t have pharmacists to supervise the dispensing of medicines to the public, which he said encourages the abuse and misuse of controlled medicines with the attendant negative social and security implications.

He said the PCN, before the commencement of the current enforcement exercise, held meetings with all concerned stakeholders at various levels to sensitize them on the need to comply with regulations.

The Registrar expressed disappointment at the attitude of some medicine vendors, especially in Umuahia, who continued without regard to the laws and regulations concerning the sale of medicines.

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