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Operating outside PCN rules illegal

Operating outside PCN rules illegal
By Kemi Olatunde

The Chairman of the Ondo State Joint Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs, Pharmacist Olugbenga Lasekan has described the operation of some patient medicine vendors operating outside the laid down rules guiding their operation by the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) as illegal.

He also described drugs without NAFDAC registration as fake.

He spoke while leading a team of Ondo joint task force on fake and counterfeit drugs to Ayede Ogbese and Shasha Market yesterday.

While decrying the attitude of most Patient Medicine Vendors in areas visited, he hinted that ten illegal premises have been sealed off.

Pharm. Lasekan noted that according to the rules laid down by the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), no medicine outlet should be opened without consulting the PCN for approval and added that “Premises should not be cited in Filling Stations, Markets, Motor Parks and Containers should not also be used as shops.”

According to him, Patient Medicine Vendors have list of drugs they are permitted to sell, which does not include Antibiotics, Injections and Control Drugs according to the rules of practice.

The drugs according to him are not allowed to be hawk by people saying “the drugs are supposed to be stored under certain temperature which the practice of hawking violates.”

Nothing that the state will not rest on its oars until the state is ridden of defaulters, he stated that the state will not hesitate to prosecute recalcitrant vendors and association leaders who aid and abeit illegality, while advising vendors to go and obtain their Licenses from PCN, to avoid constant harassment and embarrassment.

Pharm. Lasekan while  expressing delight at the success made at the outing, he however advised residents to always buy their drugs from licensed Patient Medicine Vendors or Pharmacies.

Control drugs found in possession of Patients Medicine Vendors visited were confiscated by this Joint Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs which comprise of the Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, NDLEA, PCN and the Nigeria Police Force.

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