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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria To begin Clampdown of Illegal Drug Outlets.

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) yesterday said that it is working to stop the circulation of fake drugs by clamping down on illegal vendors.
Registrar of the Council, Nasiru Elijah Mohammed, said this at a retreat organized for key officers of the council in Kaduna. He said medicine vendors must be literate and should secure approval to sell over-the-counter drugs, adding that anyone found selling prescription drugs  would have himself to blame. 
“Patient medicine vendors must be literate to avoid the sale of expired drugs or those that lose potency over time. We shall ensure that prescribed drugs are only obtained from the authorized dealers,” he said.
He said the council would encourage pharmacists and patient medicine dealers to ensure effective service delivery by attending to the needs of their clients. 
He further stated that the council would ensure institutionalization of good pharmacy practice through “promotion of the provision of pharmaceutical care, promotion of patients’ health and quality of life as well as improving visibility and image for pharmacy practices in public.”