Mrs Aruya, Director, Inspection and Monitoring of Pharmacist Council of Nigeria
By Baba Shehu Oscu, Bauchi
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed a total of 571 premises in Bauchi State during it enforcement activities.
This was in fulfilment of mandate in the PCN ACT Cap P17, LFN, 2005 and in line with the National Drug Distribution Guideline of the Federal Government (NDDG).
The premises sealed comprised of six pharmacies and 565 patent medicine shops while 13 premises were issued compliance directives for various offences ranging from poor handling of controlled substances, sale and dispensing of ethical/prescription drugs without the supervision of a pharmacist, unhygienic environment, poor documentation among others in the interest of public safety.
This was made known to journalists in Bauchi during a press conference delivered by Pharmacist Mrs. Anthonia O. Aruya, Director, Inspection and Monitoring of the Council at the zonal office of the Council in Bauchi.
According to Aruya, the council is in Bauchi State in continuation of it activities aimed at sanitizing the drug distribution system for better pharmaceutical services delivery to the good people of the state and the nation at large.
She emphasized that any premises found selling above their scope of operation such as sale and dispensing of ethical products without the presence of superintendent pharmacist or handling of controlled medicines by non pharmacist is operating in violation of the law.
Mrs. Aruya explained that licenses are issued to stakeholders based on their training since medicine, if not properly handled and administered can be quite injurious to the end user.
She added that pharmacist is well trained and experienced to handle all categories of medicines while the patent and proprietary medicine vendors on the other hand are only to handle the counter medicines which have proven safety margin.
While appreciating the state Ministry of health, police, civil Defence corps, other security organizations and the press for their continuous collaboration with the pharmacists council of Nigeria, the Registrar of the council Pharmacist N. A. E. Mohammed, through Mrs. Aruya, also solicited for further cooperation in the future to sanitize the drug distribution value chain in the interest of public safety.