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Worried by the nefarious activities of unqualified individuals in the
trade and distribution of drugs , House of Representatives has mandated
the Federal Ministry of Health and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,
PCN, to immediately shut down all unregistered pharmaceutical shops
within the country and discipline the culprits accordingly.
to Act P17 LFN 2004 and other relevant Pharmacy and Drugs Laws of the
Federation, the PCN has mandate to inspect, approve and license premises
where pharmaceutical activities take place (manufacturing, importation,
distribution,wholesale and retail pharmaceutical premises and patent
and proprietary medicine vendors shops).
Deliberating on the
“need to regulate the establishment of pharmaceutical shops and drug
stores” on Thursday December 1, 2016, the House urged the “Federal
Ministry of Health and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria to commence
inspection of all pharmaceutical shops with a view to closing down all
those that are not duly registered and to carry out disciplinary
measures against the defaulters”.
The House acknowledged the
categories of pharmaceutical shops and the scope of their practice as
well as the peculiar needs of each in terms of man power, equipment and
premises specification but expressed concern that one-room apartment
pharmaceutical shops, otherwise known as “chemist shops” exist in all
sort of locations and buildings which lack basic facilities and in most
cases manned by laymen.
Further, the House observed that some
“spiritual and healing homes masquerading as worship centers or charity
homes operate freely as drugs and medicines dispensaries, while some
local manufacturers of drugs and medicines use all sorts of rickety
vehicles to advertise and sell their drugs and medicines”, noting that
these unprofessional ways of warehousing, distribution and dispensing of
drugs and medicines serve as channels for the infiltration of quacks
into the pharmacy profession and a major challenge to public health.
infiltration of the pharmaceutical practice by unqualified persons and
the attendant unprofessional services being rendered by these people
have resulted to the death of countless number of innocent Nigerians,
not counting the economic losses due to the supply and purchase of fake,
expired and unwholesome drugs and medicine”, the House said.
Registrar of the PCN, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, expressed gratitude to
the House and said the resolution came at a time when the Council had
stepped up its enforcement activities.
He acknowledged that it
served to strengthen the Council influshingout the quacks and will help
to win theneeded peace in the pharmacy practice environment.