At least 345 patent medicine shops and three pharmacies have been sealed off in Ebonyi State by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).
The Registrar of the Council, Elijah Mohammed, revealed this on Thursday night, in Abakaliki, the state capital, while briefing newsmen.
He stated that five premises were also issued compliance directives, according to him, that bothered on issues ranging from sale and dispensing of ethical/prescription drugs without the supervision of a pharmacist, unhygienic environment, and poor documentation among others, in the interest of public safety.
Represented by the Director, Inspection, and Monitoring, Anthonia Aruya, the Registrar said the Council was in Ebonyi State to guarantee compliance to regulations and guidelines bothering on the pharmaceutical sector.
Mohammed noted, “The PCN has been in Ebonyi State since November 30, and has visited several local government areas of the state including Ebonyi, Ikwo, Ivo, Ezza, Afikpo, Ezilo among others.
“This is in continuation of its activities aimed at sensitising the system for better pharmaceutical services delivery to the good people of the state and the nation at large.
“At the end of the exercise, a total of five hundred and fifty-six (556) premises were visited comprising forty-nine (49) pharmacies and five hundred and seven (507) patent medicine shops.
He added, “A total of three hundred and forty-eight (348) premises were sealed comprising three (3) pharmacies and three hundred and forty-five (345) patent medicine shops.”
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