Poised to rid the nation of illegal circulation of substandard drugs, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed 27 pharmacies and 111 patent medicine shops in Delta State, on Monday 16, 2016.
Speaking during the exercise, according the Channels TV reports, the Director and Head of Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, who led the team of inspectors, said the shops were sealed for offences ranging from dispensing poisonous drugs, poor storage conditions and non-registration with PCN.
The operators, around Asaba and Okpanam axis who were taken unawares by the visit of the monitoring team, had nothing to say, as they were aware of the consequences of their unlawful operations.
Also in Warri and its environs, the monitoring team which was led by the Head of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, sealed several pharmacies and patent medicine shops which were operating illegally.
Pharmacies and medicine shops that were duly registered with the PCN were not affected.
At the end of the exercise, which lasted for one week, Mrs Aruya advised members of the public to patronise only licensed pharmacies and patent medicine shops, as drugs purchased elsewhere could not be guaranteed to be safe for their use.