•PCN cracking down on fake medications
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) is clamping down on unregistered drug shops in Owerri and other sections of Imo State, it was learnt.
The actions, according to the council, would be to inspect the selling of counterfeit medication.
Four hundred and thirty one unregistered pharmaceutical outlets are closed for participating in unwholesome acts.
The Manager of Inspection and Tracking, Anthonia Aruya, said the council could carry on the practice to stop unregistered pharmaceutical stores from working.
She explained: “At the end of the exercise, 522 premises comprising 103 pharmacies and 419 pharmaceutical outlets were visited, out of which 431 premises were shut.”
Aruya said the bureau was working in accord with the National Drug Distribution Regulations of the Federal Government “to ensure that quality, safety and efficacy of medicine are maintained down to the distribution chain. That is, adhering to the standard of practice, from the condition of storage set by drug manufacturers to the practice provided by the organisation till it gets to the end users.”
She stated purchasing medication from unlicensed pharmaceutical sockets may be unhealthy to individuals, including: “Most of them lack the knowledge and skills to handle medicines.”
The manager advised the people to become mindful of the security and request the license of any pharmaceutical store before buying medication.