Pharmacists council shuts 321 medicine shops


The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 321 medicine shops in Bayelsa State over their inability to maintain standard practices and for lacking the requisite knowledge to handle medicines.
The Registrar of PCN, Pharmacist Elijah Mohammed represented by the Director of Inspection and Monitoring in the council, Pharmacist Anthonia Aruya, disclosed this yesterday in Yenagoa while speaking with newsmen at the end of a weeklong inspection exercise in the state.
He said observations from the field revealed that many people go into sale of medicines without following due process, others do not have the requisite knowledge or skills to handle medicines or are operating beyond their approved scope.
According to him, out of 427 premises comprising of 71 pharmacies and 356 patent and proprietary medicine vendors were visited, 321 were sealed comprising 36 pharmacies and 285 patent medicine shops, 13 premises comprising of seven patent shops and six pharmacies were also given compliance directives for various offences ranging from improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment and poor documentation.

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