The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has alerted that some patent drugs retailers promote medicines outdoors the accredited drug checklist and interact in scientific providers they don’t have the information and coaching to have interaction in.
PCN raised the alarm in Ibadan at a Press convention addressed by its South-West Director and Head of Enforcement Division, Pharm. Stephen Esumobi on Thursday.
Pharm. Esunmobi disclosed that PCN enforcement workforce in its efforts to arrest such pattern has sealed up 387 premises comprising of 57 pharmacies and 330 patent medicines retailers for unlawful and breach of PCN operation laws.
He burdened that the enforcement workforce visited 585 premises comprising of 406 Patent Medicines Outlets (PMS) and 179 Pharmacies in Ibadan and that 10 compliance directives have been issued whereas one of many operators of an unregistered patent drugs store was arrested for breaking PCN seal.
Emphasizing that the train was carried out with officers of the Nigerian Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who carried out their assigned duties diligently and professionally, Pharm Esumobi mentioned that it was worrisome that regardless of quite a lot of sensitisation, many pharmacies and sufferers retailers in Oyo State nonetheless function in breach of laws.
” One other worrisome commentary is the truth that patent drugs retailers promote medicines outdoors the accredited drug checklist and interact in scientific providers and don’t have the information and coaching to have interaction in such actions placing the lifetime of the general public in danger”, he mentioned
Pharm. Esumobi added, “additionally some pharmacies function with out partaking the providers of a pharmacist whereas some premises registered as wholesalers and interact in retailing,”
Talking additional, he disclosed that some patent store homeowners function with out registration with PCN whereas others have didn’t renew their premises licences, including that members of the general public ought to supply their wanted medication from registered and at present licensed pharmacies and Over-the-Counter medicines from registered patent drugs retailers.
In accordance with him, all licensed premises are anticipated to show their premises licences or proof of registration conspicuously within the premises and that patent drugs vendor was solely authorised to inventory and promote medicines within the accredited drug checklist for distributors, including that it was an offence for them to promote medicines outdoors the accredited checklist or interact in scientific observe.
“To be able to be certain that requirements are maintained, all licenced premises are anticipated to resume their licences on or earlier than 31 January yearly and premises that fail to resume their licences after 31 March shall be closed down by the PCN enforcement workforce,” he mentioned.