PCN Seals 7 Pharmacies, 96 Shops in Ebonyi

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Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki

Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed seven pharmacies for failure to renew their registration and 96 Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) for allegedly operating illegally and stocking beyond their scope in Ebonyi.

Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, Director and Head of Inspection and Monitoring Department of the council, Pharm. Anthonia Aruya disclosed that a total of 296 facilities which included 38 pharmacies and 258 PPMVs were inspected during the exercise which took place in 23 towns across the 13 council areas in the state.

Aruya noted that it was in line of this Mandate that PCN inspects, approves, registers and issues license to pharmaceutical premises and shops to ensure that minimum standards are in place in terms of storage conditions, capacity of personnel to handle the level of practice in each facility and the quality of pharmaceutical services
rendered in the interest of public safety.

She named the towns visited to include: Abakaliki, Isu, Oshiri, Afikpo, Unwana, Ezillo, Owutu-Edda, Nkalagu, Onueke, Umuoghara, Okwor, Effium, Ntezi, Ezzamgbo, Akaeze, Ishiagu, Amudo, Iboko, Okposi, Uburu and Oriegbe.

Though three shops were issued with compliance directives, the Director noted that the situation on ground in the state was commendable compared to other states visited so far as a good number of the PPMVs are in compliance, while others were yet to comply going by the number of shops sealed by the enforcement team due to non-compliance.

Further details later