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Council seals over 300 medicine stores

the Director Enforcement of the Council, Pharmacist Stephen Esumobi briefing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed three hundred and five premises for committing various offences in seventeen local government areas in Kebbi State.

Briefing newsmen, the Registrar of the Council, Elijah Mohammed, said the premises sealed were made up of twenty Pharmacies and two hundred and eighty five Patent Medicine Shops.

The Registrar, Pharmacist council of Nigeria who was represented by the Director Enforcement of the Council, Pharmacist Stephen Esumobi, told newsmen that, the enforcement team of the Council has been in Birnin Kebbi for some days with aimed of enforcement excise to ensure that all premises where medicines are sold fulfil conditions with respect to location, storage facilities, environment, documentation and personnel.

He said, the team visited seventeen local government areas in the state which include, Birnin Kebbi, Jega, Maiyama, Suru, Yauri, Koko Besse, Argungu and Augie.

Others are Arewa, Zuru, Gwandu, Aleiro, Bunza, Kalgo, Bagudo and Fakai local governemny areas.

Pharmacist Mohammed, pointed out that, those sealed premises are operating without registration with the Council, failure to renew premises license, dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a Pharmacy, poor storage and sanitary condition amongst others.

While commending Kebbi State office of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria for assisting owners of premises who are ready to comply with the Council regulations, the Registrar of the Council, announced that, facilities that fulfil conditions for registration as patent medicine shops will be registered and the owners would be trained on how to handle simple household medicines at the orientation programme.

The sealed premises have over the years become channels for distribution of medicines whose quality, safety and efficacy are compromised due to poor storage facilitie and handling in Kebbi State.

Abdullahi Tukur

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