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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), says 42 Pharmacies and 397 Patent Medicine Shops were shutdown in Akwa-Ibom in September for lack of compliance to regulatory provisions.
The Registrar of the Council, Dr Elijah Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja that nine compliance directives were issued to others for minor offences.
The registrar noted that the council was committed to ensuring that its vision of creating an enabling and regulated environment for the provision of quality pharmaceutical services for sustainable healthcare delivery was achieved.
Mohammed, giving an update of the council’s activities in September, said the feat resulted from the ongoing effort of the PCN to clampdown on the proliferation of illegal medicine shops.
He said that the proliferation became worse since the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“The National Enforcement Team of the PCN visited Akwa Ibom State in September on enforcement.
”During the exercise, 42 Pharmacies and 397 Patent Medicine Shops were sealed off for lack of compliance with PCN regulatory provision in their practice and operation.
“Also nine compliance directives were issued to others for other minor offences,” he said.
The Registrar said sequel to the reconstitution of the PCN Governing Council and the subsequent appointment of the Chairman, Prof. Ahmed Mora, the statutory and Ad hoc Committees set up as operational arm have swung into action and yielding result.