The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN )says it has sealed over 670 (Six hundred and Seventy) patent and propriety medicine vendors shops in Kano for operating without registration and other violation of the law bordering the PCN.
The Registra of the council Phamacist Nuruddeen Mohammad stated this while briefing journalists in Kano.
Phamacist Mohammad who was represented by the Director inspection of the agency Phamacist Mrs Anthonia Aruya said the council was saddled with the responsibility of regulating, controlling, educating, training and practice of all it’s aspects and Ramifications.
He said in fulfillment of its mandate, the agency has been carrying out enforcement nationwide in a bid to sensitise the distribution of value chain towards the provision of quality pharmaceutical services to the public.
The Registra explained that the National enforcement team was on ground in Kano since August 24th this year for inspection and strict adherence to the agency’s Rules and Regulations.
Phamacist Nuruddeen Mohammad maintained that observation conducted by the team revealed that many stakeholders open medicine stores at will, without recourse to Regulations.
” Some could not even write English, which makes one wonder how they are able to give the right medicines to the right patient”.
The Registra Noted that at the end of the exercise a total of 996 (Nine hundred and Ninety Six premises were visited comprising 65 pharmacies and 921 Patent and Propriety Medicine Vendors’ shops PPMV.
“Six hundred and seventy seven premises were sealed comprising fourty one pharmacies and sx hundred and Thirty six PPMV shops for not registering or renewing their premises’ licence as required by the law”.
He advised the public to always look out for the Pharmacist’s Annual licence to practice, and the premises certificate which should be displayed or made available to avoid patronizing Quacks.