Over 37 illegal pharmaceutical outlets were at the weekend sealed by the Lagos State Government in a bid to curb the unwholesome distribution of medicines in the state.
The recent raid, which was done in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos, as reported by Vanguard, affected illegal pharmacies in Ikorodu Central, Agric, Agbede, Ita-Oluwo, Eyita, Odongunyan, Igbogbo, Itamaga and Ijede.
Remarking on the exercise, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga disclosed that a total of 37 outlets out of 49 were sealed off for various offences ranging from engaging quacks, licensed patent medicine shops operating beyond their scope, illegal sale of ethical products and dispensing drugs to unsuspecting citizens of the state.
Other offenders include; illegal operatives of unregistered premises who displayed and stored drugs in an unconducive environment. The raid was carried out in collaboration with the State Task force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods, representatives of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria, PCN, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Federal Taskforce and Officers of the State.