Over two hundred and fifty patent medicine shops and twelve pharmacies have been sealed off in Ekiti State by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, for unwholesome practices.

Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the Registrar of the council, Mr Elijah Muhammed highlighted some of the offences of those sanctioned to include, operating without registration with the council, failure to renew premises license, poor storage and sanitary conditions and dispensing sensitive drugs without the supervision of a pharmacist.

Mr Muhammed who spoke through the PCN Director Enforcement, Mr Steven Esunmobi added that the action of the affected vendors was responsible for the increase in untimely death and health complications among Nigerians hence the need to for them to be checked.

He explained that six patent medicine vendors who broke the seal of the council during the exercise were arrested and would be charged to court after due investigation.

The PCN registrar appealed to members of the public to always purchase their medicines from licensed pharmacies in the interest of their health.

Kayode Babatuyi


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