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Pharmacy board closes 381 drug stores in Akwa Ibom – The Whistler Newspaper

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed no fewer than 381 pharmacies and patent shops in Akwa Ibom for various crimes.

Mr. Stephen Esumobi, Director and Head of the Enforcement Department, made the announcement Friday while addressing journalists in Uyo.

Esumobi said the sealing of the pharmacies and patent shops followed an enforcement exercise by the municipality to ensure they comply with operating laws, council rules.

He said that of the 381 sealed premises, 52 were pharmacies and 329 were patent drug stores.

“These premises were sealed for violations including operating without registration or renewal of pledge certificates, unauthorized sale of drugs, misuse and poor access control to the poison cabinet.

“Others include poor storage facilities and temperature control, stocking and sale of prescription and other ethical products by, among others, patent drug vendors,” he said.

He said that by the end of the exercise, 727 premises had been visited, comprising 559 patent drug stores and 168 pharmacies.

Esumobi said that during the enforcement, the municipality visited Uyo and Ikono, Abak, Itu, Eket, Ibesikpo Asutan, Ikot Ekpene and Oron Local Government Areas.

“Pharmacies must have a full-time chief pharmacist who oversees all pharmaceutical activities within the premises.

“Staff responsible for pharmaceutical premises must also have knowledge appropriate to the scope of the pharmaceutical activity.

“All registered premises are expected to display their current pledge certificates or proof of registration conspicuously in the premises so that members of the public know the status of premises where they purchase their drugs,” he said.

He said pledge certificates are expected to be renewed on or before January 31 each year and it was an offense for any property to operate without registering or renewing their pledge certificates.

He also said it is an offense for any stakeholder to operate a pharmaceutical company in a location not approved by the council.

He praised the State Ministry of Health, the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), journalists and the police for their cooperation in fighting sharp practices.

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