Abayomi Shuts 21 Illegal Pharmacies In Lagos

By Sunday Akintoye

The Lagos State Government has shutdown 21 pharmacies, patent medicine shops and unlicensed premises at different parts of the state.

The affected pharmacies and others were shut at Alakuko, Ajegunle, Ologogoro, Ijaiye, Abule-Egba, Agbado and Agege in Alimosho, Ifako-Ijaiye and Agege Local Government areas of Lagos by the Lagos State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods for offences bordering on illegal operation and operating beyond scope of practice.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who disclosed this on Wednesday while reviewing report of the enforcement exercise carried out by the Task Force, stated that the sealing of the affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores was in accordance with the provisions of Section C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Miscellaneous Provision Act of 1999.

Abayomi explained that the affected premises were sealed for offences including; operating without license, engaging unqualified persons to man and dispense drugs to unsuspecting citizens, operating beyond scope through sale of ethical products, displaying and storing drugs in unconducive environments which compromises the potency of the drugs there by rendering them ineffective, among others.

He noted that such practices were unacceptable and vowed that the State Government would do whatever was necessary to enforce the law and sanction erring operators.

The Commissioner, however, stressed that only licensed patent medicine vendors were authorized to sell only drug products in their original packs in approved pack size as produced by the manufacturing companies, noting that the law prohibited dispensing and wholesaling of drugs by patent medicine vendors and also prohibits wholesalers operating outside their scope by selling drugs in retail.

Abayomi also said the State Government remained committed to putting a halt to the ugly trend of having unqualified personnel deal with pharmaceutical products, adding that government would continue to insist that the environment for the dispensation of medical care should be suitable for the promotion and maintenance of good health.

Sunday Akintoye

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