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In four years, PCN has sealed 19,059 unlawful pharmaceutical facilities


The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria has closed down 19,059 unlawful pharmaceutical facilities during the past four years nationwide (PCN).

This information was provided on Saturday during the presentation of the gazetted PCN (Establishment) Act 2022 by Pharm Ibrahim Babashehu Ahmed, Registrar PCN.

He stated, “A total of 27, 262 facilities were visited for enforcement efforts from 2018 to the 8th of October 2022. We have shut down a total of 19,059 of them out of this amount.

The registrar said that 16, 502 were sealed as patent medicine shops and that 1,780 other locations had their licenses to operate as pharmaceutical establishments revoked.

In total, 110 people, he claimed, had been detained by the council for engaging in illegal activity and were through various phases of criminal prosecution.

The organisation is no longer known as the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria; instead, it is now known as the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), in accordance with the new laws, according to Professor Ahmed Tijjani Mora, the chairman of the PCN Governing Council.

The council has the authority to control all parties involved in the pharmacy distribution chain, including pharmacy technicians, suppliers of prescription medicines, manufacturers, and importers, among others, the chairman of the council said.

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