The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, has carried out a raid on drug shops in different part of Plateau State with at least ,498 drug shops shut down for alleged quackery and operating without licence
The PCN’s Director of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, stated that the raid was carried out by the Drug Distribution Inspection Committee and Enforcement organ of the PCN in fulfillment of the body’s mandate of ensuring that minimum standards of practice were maintained by all players in the pharmaceutical industry.
According to her, the raid to fish out quacks and unlicenced medicine dealers was a necessary technical support that would guarantee the provision of the optimum pharmaceutical services, sensitise the public and enforce the guidelines put in place.
She said Plateau was the 30th state the PCN was visiting this year, adding that it raided 89 pharmacy shops and 409 patent and proprietary medicine stores while 13 medicine store keepers were directed to comply with the PCN regulations in line with global best practices.
The PCN said reports from the field in Plateau State revealed that many people engaged in sales of medicines without following due process while others did not have the requisite knowledge or skills to handle medicines or were operating beyond their approved scope.
Aruya said that these violations could expose patients to great danger.
She, therefore, advised the public to always insist on the registration status of facilities by requesting for licences from any pharmaceutical outlets to safeguard them from patronising quacks.