PCN warns online drugstores, seals 808 illegal premises

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THE Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has cautioned operators of online pharmacies in Nigeria on registration just as  808 illegal pharmaceutical premises were sealed in July.

Registrar of the Council, Dr Elijah Mohammed, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, revealed that out of the 1,179 pharmaceutical premises inspected by the enforcement team, 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies were sealed.

Mohammed explained that the to sanitise the healthcare environment in Nigeria, the enforcement team of PCN visited Kwara and Ogun states.

He expressed dismay over the proliferation of online pharmacies in the country and cautioned patrons and owners of such online shops to register such sites with PCN before  August 31.

The Registrar said that, “failure to do so will lead to the pulling down of such portals and subsequent prosecution.

“These include full-fledged online pharmacy websites, stores hosted on all purpose e-commerce sites and also those practiced on social media handles.”

According to him, the minimum requirement for an online pharmacy is its direct affiliation to a registered physical brick and mortar pharmacy.

Mohammed promised that the council would deliver its mandate as it concerned investigation and discipline of professional misconduct.

He  encouraged pharmacists to adhere to the strictest guidelines for self-protection in a bid to eradicate COVID-19 in the shortest possible time.

“As lockdowns and restrictions are gradually relaxed across the country, I implore all colleagues not to let down their guards as we know that the virus infection rate is not slowing down,” he said.

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