PCN seals 378 pharmacies, patent stores in Taraba over non-compliance

HEALTHDIGEST– The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Taraba State Chapter has sealed 378 pharmacies and patent medicine stores over non-compliance with guidelines on drug distribution.

Mr. Stephen Esumobi, the leader of the enforcement team, disclosed this during a news conference on Friday in Jalingo.

According to him, 378 shops were sealed out of 546 facilities visited by the enforcement team of the council across the state.

He revealed that the team visited 481 patent and proprietary medicines vendors and 65 pharmacies during their enforcement exercise.

“During the exercise, 378 premises were sealed, comprising 34 pharmacies and 344 patent medicines stores. 24 compliance directives were issued for various offences such as poor sanitary conditions, poor documentation, non-display of premises and pharmacists’ annual licences.

“Some of the stores sealed also engaged in clinical services and this is a worrisome trend in Jalingo and some local government areas,” he said.

Esumobi urged residents of the state to beware of unlicensed medicine dispensing stores and support the council in ridding the state of quacks.