Health

PCN Seals 520 Premises in Kwara

By Taiwo Ogunniyi, Ilorin

The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed a total of five hundred and twenty 520 premises in seven local government area out of the sixteen local government area in Kwara state.

The Director and head of enforcement department pharmacist council of Nigeria Pharm Stephen Esumobi stated this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin on Thursday.

Esumobi who noted that a total of seven hundred and forty three (743) premises were visited in Kwara state which comprises five hundred and ninty four (594) patent medicine shops (PPMVs) and one hundred and forty nine (149) pharmacies while a total of five hundred and twenty (520) premises were sealed which comprises thirty nine (39) pharmacies and four hundred and eighty one (481) Patent Medicine shops.

He noted that eight compliance directive were issued for various offences such as poor sanitary conditions, poor documentation and non-display of premises and pharmacists annual licences.

” The PCN enforcement teams have been on the field in. Kwara state throughout the week visiting premises in the following local government areas: Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, Asa, Moro, Oyun and Ifelodun.

Observations from the field in the state revealed that while there is commendable level of compliance by some stakeholders, others have chosen to operate with total disregard for the PCN guidelines.

So many premises are not registered with the PCN while a large number of those registered do not bother to renew their licences.

Most of the patent Medicine Vendors are engaged in activities far beyond their scope and also stock products outside their approved drug list including ethical medicines and substances of abuse. “

He advised the public to source all drug needs from registered and currently licensed pharmacies and over-the – counter medicines from registered PPMV shops as drug sold in unregistered outlets cannot be guaranteed to be genuine.

“Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria has put in place guidelines derived from PCN enabling act to guide the distribution of medicine from manufacturers and importers until they get to the end users.

It is important that all stakeholders comply accordingly in the interest of public health.

All pharmaceutical facilities are required by law to register and renew their licenses annually with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.

This include facilities where drugs are manufacturered, sold, warehoused, distributed or dispensed. Licensure entails a process of inspection and assessment that provides for attainment of minimum standard of practice for the provision of optimum pharmaceutical services to the Nigeria public” he said.

He, however, expressed delight on the Pharmacists of Nigeria continuous collaboration with the state Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria police, Department of State Services and the press.

” Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria has put in place guidelines derived from PCN enabling act to guide the distribution of medicines from manufacturers and importers until they get to the end users.

“It is important that all stakeholders comply accordingly in the interest of public health. All pharmaceutical facilities are required by law to register,” he said.

Edited by Felix Ajide

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