Jigawa: PCN seals 350 pharmacies, medicine stores across 19 LGs

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 350 pharmacies and medicine stores in 19 local government areas of Jigawa state with a view to sanitize and overhauled the system.

The director, enforcement of the PCN, Pharmacist Stephen Esumobi, stated this Thursday while addressing newsmen at the federal secretariat, Dutse, Jigawa state capital.

Esumobi said in view of this an enforcement team from the national headquarters arrived the state in continuation of its efforts to streamline the drugs distribution system in the country.

“A total of 355 premises were sealed which include 8 pharmacies, 87 patent medicine shops, and 260 illegal medicine shops.

“457 premises were visited by the PCN team, noting that this is made up of 19 pharmacies, 178 patent medicine shops and 260 illegal premises.

“This is to ensure that all medicines remain safe, effective and of good quality as they pass through different stakeholders at various levels of the drug distribution chain until they get to the consumers,” Esumobi stated.

He lamented that many patent medicine shops stocked large quantities of medicines that are outside their approved drug list and far beyond their scope.

He warned that most of the storage conditions in the premises visited were found to be inadequate, thus exposing products to degradation.