Stella Dimoko Kogi State Seals Off Pharmacies And Patent Medicine Stores


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Monday, October 23, 2017

Kogi State Seals Off Pharmacies And Patent Medicine Stores

The Pharmacists Registration Council of Nigeria, PRCN, has sealed off 260 patent medicine stores and 27 pharmacies operating illegally in different parts of Kogi State.

The Head of Enforcement Department of the council, Mr Stephen Esumobi, who announced this at a press conference in Lokoja on Friday, said the medicine stores and pharmacies were sealed between October16 and 19. He said that they were among the 373 pharmacies and patent medicine stores visited by men of the enforcement department headed by him during the week.

Mr. Esumobi said that the sealed medicine stores and pharmacies had been operating without registration and also failed to register their premises as required by law. According to him, many of them were also discovered to be dispensing ethical products without the supervision of qualified pharmacists, with poor storage and sanitary conditions.

The council cannot guarantee that drugs sold in unregistered outlets are of the same integrity as specified by the manufacturers since they have not submitted to regulation that ensures maintenance of appropriate standards for handling such products,” he said.

Mr. Esumobi said that inspectors would be deployed from the council to the state for supervised evacuation of drugs from the sealed premises. He said that the action of the council was not punitive, but an effort to safeguard public health.

According to him, any of the sealed premises that eventually complies with the provisions of the law will be let off the hook.

Members of the public are advised to purchase their medicines from licensed pharmacies and simple household remedies from licensed patent medicine and propriety medicine shops. Mr. Esumobi also advised those intending to start pharmaceutical businesses should register with the council.



  1. Replies
    1. Kogi on the news again
      They shouldn't blame them those guys are hungry no salary no money nothing.

      People re dying daily due to depression.

      PRCN should solicit with the governor to pay the seeming workers their salaries.

  2. Yahaya pay salary that is what we we ar interested in mbok....

  3. Why do people find it difficult to do d right thing?

  4. U all criticizing this are stupid. So cos salaries have not been paid other people should die cos of fake drugs. This is equally important so just shut the fuck up already.. they work complain, no work complains


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