Pharmacists Council of Nigeria seals 505 pharmacy premises in Katsina
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria saddled with the responsibility of regulating the pharmaceutical practices in Nigeria has as at Friday sealed 505 premises where medicines were being sold in Katsina State.
This was disclosed to newsmen by the Director, Inspection and Monitoring Unit of the council, Mrs Anthonia Aruya at a press conference in Katsina.
According to her, the premises sealed by the council comprised 19 pharmacies and 486 Patent Proprietary Medicines vendors’ sales outlets.
However, the council clarified that the action was not punitive, but rather to ensure that the people of the state enjoy quality services in line with the National Drug Distribution policy of the Federal Government and the laws guiding the pharmacy profession.
She said the inspection of pharmacies and patent medicine shops by the unit began on Monday, adding that the inspection was carried out in Katsina, Malumfashi, Kurfi, Funtua, Daura, among others.
Aruya said the owners of the sealed premises were expected to correct the anomalies that the team observed, following which the PCN would revisit the sanctions.
She said, “The enforcement team has been working in the state since Monday and has visited various parts of the state.
“At the end of the exercise, a total of 688 premises comprising 31 pharmacies and six 657 PPMVs were visited. 505 premises comprising 19 pharmacies and 486 PPMVS were sealed.
“Nine premises were given compliance directives for various offences, ranging from improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment and poor documentation, dispensing ethical /prescription drugs without the presence of a pharmacist.”