Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has lamented that the countrywide lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic has led to increase in illegal medicine shops.
“One of the identified weaknesses in the drug distribution chain is the proliferation of illegal medicine shops which has become worse since the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the council said.
PCN also revealed that it had sealed off no fewer than 499 pharmacies and patent medicine shops in Kwara state.
It added that out of these 326 shops were sealed off in Ilorin, the state capital alone, describing the ‘situation chaotic.’
PCN said that the offences for closing down these premises included operating without registration with PCN, failure to renew premises license, dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor storage and poor sanitary conditions.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, Registrar of the council Elijah Mohammed said that 12 pharmacies and…