PCN Clamps Down On Illegal Pharmaceutical Shops In Kogi

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) said it has sealed 287 illegal Pharmaceutical and Patent Medicine stores in Kogi state for allegedly breaching the ethics of the profession.

Speaking during a press conference in Lokoja the state Capital, Its Deputy-Director of Enforcement, Pharmacist Stephen Esumobi, lamented that many pharmaceutical premises in the state operated without fulfilling the minimum requirements expected of them.

The PCN boss had while speaking to Channels Television said, “Lokoja is shared into five zones, and each team goes around its zone for the enforcement exercise, the operation is not to witch-hunt but to ensure the right things are done.

“We discovered that most drugs are sold to the unsuspecting members of the public after exposure to harsh environment condition, while urging members of the public to be wary of unauthorized operators.

“The first place to be visited was the JJM Fash Patent Medicine store were, it has no licence, and qualify pharmacy down to medicine store who is operating in a dirty environment down to de wonders pharmacy all share similar offence, the stores and pharmacy were all sealed off.”

During the raid, it was observed that most pharmaceutical shops have been operating without licence, while some have been operating in an environment that is not conducive.

Others were alleged to have been selling without a qualified pharmaceutical shop on ground.

It is expected that the cleanup exercise carried out by this council will reposition pharmacist shops in the state to do the needful.

 

Pharmacists Council Seals 283 Illegal Stores In Zamfara

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has sealed over 283 drug stores in Zamfara State for allegedly operating illegally.

The council’s Head of Inspection and monitoring, Antonia Aruya said this after an inspection of some pharmacies and patent medicine outlets within the state capital.

The affected stores were said to have been operating without approval from the council and selling unapproved drugs to the public.

 

Deputyuty Director in charge of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi said over 200 drug shops and pharmacies were operating without a license, including selling unapproved medicines were discovered, and thereafter sealed by the council.

The Council’s Head of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Antonia Aruya, urged all stakeholders to follow the laid down laws that regulate the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. She also advised the public to always purchase drugs from licensed pharmacies and patent medicine stores.

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria says the war against fake and substandard drugs is a collective effort that should involve all stakeholders.

The war, according to the council, is to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public.

PCN Seals 397 Drug Stores In Abia

PCN Seals 397 Drug Stores In Abia

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 397 drug stores in Abia State for various offences.

The Deputy Director of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, said the action was in a bid to ensure rational distribution and dispersion of safe and quality medicines to the public.

According to him, the situation in Abia State is worrisome as most of the premises visited during the enforcement exercise cannot be guaranteed and pose danger to the public.

“What we have seen in Abia State is that many of the premises are not registered and the products are stored in an environment that is not suitable. Some of these products are sensitive to light and can be easily degraded by light and most of the products are not stored at the right temperature.

“The implication is that many of these products – even though they are not expired – are already degraded and are no longer good enough for human consumption. Many of the people handling these drugs do not have the requisite knowledge and cannot even pronounce the drugs they are selling”.

Mr Esumobi added that many of the stores in Umuahia, the state capital were operating in an unhealthy environment with others selling expired drugs, warning that any pharmacist involved in any form of malpractice would face severe sanction.

He also advised members of the public to purchase their medicines from only licensed pharmacies and simple household remedy from licensed patent chemist stores.

“Members of the public may not identify drugs that are degraded and that is why there must be a pharmacist on ground to be able to manage such ethical products. Even the life-saving drug when it is degraded can turn to adrenaline and can damage the liver and expose the individual to a life-threatening situation or even death.

“In fact, we have a problem here and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria will do all within its power to ensure that this chaotic situation in Abia is brought to normal as soon as possible,” Esumobi stated.

A total of 441 premises were visited during the exercise and 360 patent medicine stores, 37 pharmacies were sealed for operating without registration with the PCN among other offences.

Twenty-seven premises were also issued compliance directives for poor documentation and failure to produce their licenses.

PCN To Prosecute Illegal Drug Dealers In Enugu

NAFDAC, Drug MonitoringPharmacist Council of Nigeria says its working with relevant agencies and organs of government to prosecute arrested patent medicine dealers who broke its seal during its last enforcement exercise in Enugu State.

PCN had in April 2017 sealed off 264 illegal pharmacies and medicine stores for falling short of operations standards

The organisation’s Deputy Director enforcement, Stephen Esumobi said some of the premises do not have the right facilities in place to handle the categories of medicine stock.

“The owner of this premises was arrested because he was operating illegally and he refused to update his facilities to ensure that the storage of the drugs is in line with manufacturers specifications – Most of the drugs have not met minimum requirements for safety, quality and efficacy because of poor handling. Some of these drugs when they are not properly handled, could endanger public health”

“The owner broke the seal and continued operation as at before. Pharmacists Council of Nigeria is not going to allow that. We are going to ensure that those who broke our seal in Enugu state are arrested and prosecuted”

He also noted that the agency is committed to riding the nation of illegal drugs and promoting health.

Medicine Vendors Cautioned Against Unlawful Drug Sales

Pharmacists-Council-of-NigeriaThe Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has cautioned patent medicine vendors against prescribing and selling drugs outside the approved list given to them and also stay away from injecting their customers.

It says it will not relent in ensuring that the violators are punished.

The Registrar of the Council, Nae Mohammed, gave the warning on Wednesday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State at the opening of the orientation course for 110 newly licenced patent medicine vendors.

Mr Mohammed, who was represented by the Director, South West Zonal Office of the PCN, Mrs Yejide Oseni, said the council would not relent in ensuring that the unwholesome practices by medicine vendors were stopped.

He urged the vendors not to violate any of the laws put in place to regulate their practice.

“Anyone caught would be dealt with according to the law,” he said.

A Criminal Offence

Mr Mohammed also promised that the medicine vendors would be protected from being harassed by some government agencies, but urged them not to go outside the guidelines regulating their practice.

“The PCN has received reports across the country, of harassment of vendors by some government agencies.

“The registry has initiated talks with some of the government agencies, with the aim of ensuring that patent and proprietary medicine vendor licence holders are protected from every form of harassment from any agency provided they abide by the list, display their licence and signpost,” he told the vendors.

Also addressing the gathering, the Director, Pharmaceutical Services at the Osun State Ministry of Health, Mrs Adepeju Ojo, advised the vendors to always get their drugs from licensed pharmaceutical outlets.

Mrs Ojo said they would be able to assist in tracing the source of such drugs in case they were found to be substandard or expired.

She urged them to be law abiding and to renew their licences every year while also appealing to them not to sell drugs outside their lists.

Ojo said that the licence of any vendor that violates the law may be revoked.

“Don’t prescribe drugs to anybody. Don’t inject them. Don’t even treat wound. You have not been trained to do these. If you go against the law, your shops will be sealed.

“It is a criminal offence for you to break the Federal Government’s seal. If your shop is sealed, liaise with the PCN office and they will tell you what to do. If you break the seal, you may be prosecuted,” she warned.

Pharmacists Council Seals 234 Medicine Shops In Oyo

Pharmacists, Oyo, PCNThe Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off 234 retail drug outlets in Oyo State.

The head of the PCN inspection team, Mrs Anthonia Aruka, revealed this to reporters after five days of monitoring and enforcement of retail drug outlets in the state.

She decried that the statistics available was worrisome as only 24 out of the 269 facilities visited across about 16 local government areas had commendable practice.

Mrs Aruka added that an alarming number of these Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) do not conform to stipulated rules and procedures to ensure safety of their customers.

She advised the public to only patronise PCN-approved outlets for over-the-counter medicines.

The affected shops were sealed in Ibadan, Iseyin, Oyo, Saki, Eruwa and Igbo Ora towns of the state.

Apart from sealing these premises, PCN also said that the enforcement exercise would be a continuous process, adding that it would not allow the sealed shops reopen until they meet the required safety standards.

Pharmacists Council Seals 138 Shops In Delta

Pharmacists, DeltaThe Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 27 pharmacies and 111 patent medicine shops in Delta State, southwest Nigeria.

The Director and Head of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, led the team of inspectors on Monday.

She said the shops were sealed for offences ranging from dispensing poisonous drugs, poor storage conditions and non-registration with PCN.

Some of the pharmacies and patent medicine shops operating in Asaba and Okpanam axis were taken by surprise, when the monitoring team visited without notice.

Most of the shops were seen to be operating without licenses and under poor environment which led to the seizure of drugs that were said to be poisonous for human consumption.

Also in Warri and its environs, the monitoring team which was led by the Head of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, sealed several pharmacies and patent medicine shops which were operating illegally.

Pharmacies and medicine shops that were duly registered with the PCN were not affected.

At the end of the exercise, which lasted for one week, Mrs Aruya advised members of the public to patronise only licensed pharmacies and patent medicine shops, as drugs purchased elsewhere could not be guaranteed to be safe for their use.

Pharmacists Council Seals 50 Illegal Drug Stores In Kaduna

Pharmacists The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has sealed over 50 drug stores in Kaduna State for allegedly operating illegally without approval from the council.

The raid, which was conducted at some pharmacies and patent medicine outlets within the state’s capital on Wednesday, was part of efforts by the council to regulate and control the sale of drugs in Nigeria.

The council’s Head of Enforcement, Mr Stephen Esumobi, said that the exercise was part of measures to ensure that only quality drugs were sold to members of the public.

According to Mr Esumobi, the patent medicine shops and pharmacies were closed for operating without approval and poor storage conditions of drugs among others.

He said that the enforcement was carried out after series of reports of the activities of unregistered drug stores in the state.

The council warned that the Federal Government would not tolerate the indiscriminate sale and sought close collaboration in the ongoing effort to sanitise the system.

Mr Esumobi urged all stakeholders to follow the laid down laws that regulate the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria, while advising the public to always purchase their drugs from licenced pharmacies and patent medicine stores.

He did not, however, say how consumers could identified whether a drug store is registered or not.

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria said that the war against fake and substandard drugs was a collective effort that should involve all stakeholders.

The war, according to them, was to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public.

The council observed that many drug outlets in Kaduna, operate without fulfilling the minimum requirements of registration.

 

Rivers Pharmacists Council Seals 178 Premises

pharmacists council of nigeriaThe Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has sealed 178 drug stores in Rivers State for allegedly dispensing fake drugs and selling medicines above the approved list for patent medicine vendors and non-registration with the Council.

The seal-off came after the inspection and enforcement exercise was carried out by the council in keeping with their responsibility of regulating and controlling the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria.

The PCN Director and Head of Department Inspection and Monitoring, Anthonia Aruya, told Journalists that public health and safety must be taken seriously.

She also called on members of the public to be mindful of where they buy drugs and the condition of the medicines.

Patent Medicine Shop: Group Embarks On Nationwide Enforcement Exercise

patent medicine shopThe Pharmacists Council of Nigeria in Kwara State has embarked on a nationwide enforcement exercise to ensure that patent medicine stores meet the regulatory standards.

After a three-day exercise in the state, the regulatory body sealed 242 premises for various offences, ranging from dispensing poison, poor storage conditions and non registration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) among others.

In most of the patent medicine stores visited, the enforcement team of PCN, accompanied by security operatives, discovered that the stores either sold dangerous drugs or were located in unhygienic environment.

While the medicine stores were too close to one another, it was also discovered that there were no qualified pharmacists operating the shops illegally and also engaging in illegal training of apprentices in the shops.

At the end of the nearly four hours enforcement exercise in Ilorin West and South Local Government Areas, most of the medicine shops were locked and sealed while those who had prior knowledge of the presence of the officials of the PCN locked their shops and fled.

The representative of the patent medicine shop owners, Taiwo Abass, admitted the nonchalant attitude of their members to the rules guiding the establishment of the shops. He said that several efforts had been made to educate them without success.

He believed that the sealing of the shops would surely enforce discipline and adherence to the rules.

Cynthia’s murder: Pharmaceutical group petitions prosecutor over member’s trial

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), has petitioned the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, to properly review the murder case of Cynthia Osogoku to ensure that pharmacists were not persecuted wrongly.

The four suspects accused of killing Cynthia, who they met on Facebook

The national president of PSN, Mr. Azubike Okwor told journalists on Thursday that if the suspects were not found guilty of the crime of rape and armed robbery, they should be handed over to the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria, (PCN), for proper discipline for selling drugs without prescription.

Mr Okwor says that if the liability of the two pharmacists was limited to the sales or alleged sale of Rohypnol to clients they do not know and never collaborated in the condemnable crime.

He noted that it would be logical to believe there might have been breaches of professional ethics, adding  that the law provides that such matters to be dealt with by the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria.

Four suspects were on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Magistrate Court for killing 24-year old Cynthia Osokogu, who they met on social media platform.

The suspects, Okwumo Nwabufo,  Ezeike Olisaeloka, Orji Osita and the pharmacists that sold the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrapezam-Maduakor Chukwunonso,  are standing trial on an eight-count of felony, conspiracy, robbery and murder.