The ongoing war of attrition between the Presidency and the Senate got messier yesterday.
Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), has sealed off the outlet of 222 Patent and proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) and 12 pharmacy stores during their inspection and monitoring tour in Oyo State .
The Director, Head of Inspection and Monitoring, PCN, Pharm Anthonia Aruya disclosed this while addressing journalist in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
She stated that the medicine outlets were sealed during the Council’s visit to Iseyin, Oyo, Saki and Eruwa/Igboora axis of Oyo State as a result of lack of licenced or expired licenses, adding that 11 facilities were also given compliance directives.
“Pharmacists and PPMVS are expected to undergo continuous training to keep them up to date in the provision of quality pharmaceutical services. The situation on ground is that a good number of these PPMVS do not want to submit to regulation, neigther do they appreciate the delicate natur of the critical services rendered by them that directly affects life.
“A case in point is the death of 14 year old Amina who was treated by an illegal PPMV which resulted in her death. Our investigation as far show that the PPMV shop is illegal and stocking well above the approved drug list for which he had no ability to handle. In line with this mandate, the PCN inspects, approves, register and issues license to pharmaceutical prmises and shops to ensure that minimum standards are in place in terms of storage conditions, capability of personnel to handle the level of practice in each facility and the quality of pharceutical services rendered in the interest of public safety” PCN boss said
Aruya said the law of the country clearly states clearly that every pharmacy or patent stores without license or renewed licensed should be sealed, noting that:” to register for a license with the council cost N16,500 annually and to renew the license subsequently cost N10,500″
She urged the general public to look for the license issued by the PCN in any outlet before sourcing their drug needs, adding that they should visit only PCN registered outlets for all their drugs.