NCP seals 311 drug distribution premises in Kogi

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The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed off 311 drug dispensing premises in Kogi State for offenses including operating without registration or renewal of premises certificates and unauthorized sale of performance enhancing drugs.

The Director and Head of the Law Enforcement Department, PCN, Stephen Esumobi revealed this on Saturday during a press conference in Lokoja.

He said three vendors were arrested for breaking the seal in a week-long operation that brought law enforcement to all parts of the state to enforce the rules of operation established by the NCP.

According to him, the NCP law enforcement team had been in Kogi State since the beginning of the week as part of efforts to streamline the drug distribution system.

Esumobi said it has been observed that so many premises in Kogi state are still operating in violation of regulations.

He said: “These premises are operating without registration with the NCP, while others have not renewed their premises license. At the end of the exercise, a total of 390 premises were visited. This includes 342 patent drug stores and 48 pharmacies.

“A total of 311 premises have been sealed, including 15 pharmacies and 296 patented medical stores. A total of 2 compliance directives were issued while 3 patent medicine vendors were arrested for breaking the PCN seal.

He noted that other reasons for the sealing include poor access control to poison cabinets, registration of premises by personnel working in health facilities in and out of state and the storage and sale of prescription drugs and other ethical products by patent medicine sellers, among others.

He stressed that it had become necessary for the NCP to intensify its enforcement activities to ensure that medicines remained safe, effective and of good quality as they moved from one level of the distribution chain to another until until they reach consumers.

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