By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—THE Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, has sealed no fewer than 431 premises in Imo State for varying noticeable infractions.
The PCN’s Director, Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs. Anthonia O. Aruya, who disclosed this during a press conference in Owerri, also expressed shock at the way many people go into sale of medicines without following due process.
“No fewer than 431 premises were sealed, comprising 45 pharmacies and 386 patent medicine stores”, Aruya said.
According to the PCN Director, “13 premises were given compliance directives for various offences, ranging from improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment, poor documentation, as well as dispensing ethical and prescription drugs without the presence of a pharmacist.”
Mrs. Aruya said that her team visited 522 premises, including 103 pharmacies and 419 PPMVs in parts of the state.
“Observations from the field in Imo State revealed that many people go into sale of medicines without following due process. Others do not have the requisite knowledge or skills to handle medicines in their premises or are operating beyond their approved scope”, Aruya said.