The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed 340 pharmaceutical premises and patent medicine stores in Edo state over non-compliance with guidelines on drug distribution.
The PCN’s Director of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, who stood in for the Registrar, Elijah Mohammed, at a press conference on Thursday in Benin said 256 patent medicines vendors shops and 84 pharmacies were sealed.
He said “256 patent medicines vendor shops and 84 pharmacies were sealed in Edo. The actions we have carried out are not meant to punish operators of these medicine stores and pharmacies but to ensure they comply with the rules guiding the distribution of drugs.”
Mohammed added the first phase of enforcement activities of the PCN put in place to streamline the drug distribution system and improve the level of pharmaceutical service to the people of the state.
“The PCN has put in place guidelines derived from the enabling act to guide the distribution of medicines from the manufacturers and importers until they get to the end-users. It is important that all stakeholders comply accordingly in the interest of public safety.”
However, further action will be taken in due course as the PCN is committed to ensuring the full implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines.