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PCN shuts down 68 pharmacies for illegal drug sales

The closures came in a sweep of nearly 10 communities on both sides of the boundary between Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory, the council…

The closures came in a sweep of nearly 10 communities on both sides of the boundary between Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory, the council said on Friday, after it received reports of illegal sale of medicines there.
The national pharmacy regulator sealed all 68 premises for “unauthorised sale of medicines and operating without the supervision of a pharmacist,” said PCN registrar Nurudeen Mohammed.
It ordered another 12 pharmacies left open to comply with the council’s regulations or face sanctions for poor documentation and poor storage conditions of medicines.”
The outfits skipped the council’s inspection required to be registered to deal in medicines. Those registered sold beyond their approved list and stocked controlled substances in a manner that violates laid-down regulations to the detriment of the citizenry,” said Mohammed.
“If this trend is allowed to continue, it will impact negatively on the health of citizens of both the FCT and Nasarawa state.”
A total of 85 pharmacies in communities as Nyanya, Mararaba, Karu, Masaka, the FCT, New Karu, One Man Village and Karu Zimi were inspected by the council’s enforcement team over five days.

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