The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 343 pharmacies and patent and proprietary medicine vendors( PPMVs) in Kebbi State for improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment and poor documentation.
The Council’s Director in charge of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, disclosed this at a news conference in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.
Aruya said that it was the council’s 34th inspection and monitoring outing covering 29 states.
She said that 518 premises were visited in the state, comprising of 20 pharmacies and 498 patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs).
“At the end of the exercise, 343 out of 518 premises visited, made up of five pharmacies and 338 PPMVs were sealed.
“Twenty-two compliance’ directives were issued to three pharmacies and 19 PPMVs.
“The directives were issued for various offences ranging from improper handling of controlled substances, unhygienic environment, poor documentation to dispensing of ethnic and prescription drugs without the presence of a pharmacist,’’ the PCN director said.
She said that the aim of the exercise was to streamline the drug-distribution system in the state. Read more