A whole of 19,059 unlawful pharmaceutical premises have been shut down in the last 4 years across the country via the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN).
Pharm Ibrahim Babashehu Ahmed, the Registrar PCN, on Saturday disclosed this in the course of the presentation of the gazetted PCN (Establishment) Act 2022.
He explained that “From 2018 to the 8th of October 2022, a complete of 27, 262 facilities had been visited for enforcement activities. Out of this number, we have closed down a whole of 19, 059 of them.”
The registrar pointed out that 16, 502 have been sealed as patent medicine shops, saying that 1,780 others were premises sealed for working illegally as pharmaceutical premises.
He stated a whole of 110 persons were arrested through the council for illegal activities and are at various levels of prosecution inside the period below review.
Professor Ahmed Tijjani Mora, the Chairman of the Governing Council of PCN, defined that the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria is no longer the name of the team as it is now called Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), with the new act.
The chairman noted that the council has been empowered under the new act to adjust not simply pharmacists however all stakeholders involved in the pharmacy distribution chain, such as pharmacy technicians and patent medicine vendors, manufacturers and importers, amongst others.