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Council seals 218 drug outlets in C/River, inducts 393

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Mr Elijah Mohammed, the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says the council has sealed 218 drug outlets in Cross River over non-compliance to legal operational provisions.

In a statement giving the council’s August update, he explained that the PCN National Enforcement Team visited Cross River and sealed 210 Patent Medicine Shops and 8 pharmacies.

“In the process, seven people were arrested for gross misconduct and they will be charged to court.

“The council’s continuous efforts is to ensure that the public is guaranteed good pharmaceutical environment, and PCN enforcement activities on illegal premises has been regular nationwide,’’ Mohammed said.

The registrar also said that 393 new pharmacists were inducted into the noble profession; 153 from Madonna University, 71 from University of Jos and 27 from Kaduna State University.

He added that 33 were inducted from the University of Ilorin, adding that there were 109 successful participants of the first cycle of Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Orientation Programme (FPGOP).

Mohammed welcomed the new pharmacists into the noble profession and the council made accreditation visit to Bayero University, Kano.

He commended pharmacists that had completed their annual or premises registration for the year, and encouraged those yet to renew their practicing or premises licenses to do so, as registration was on-going.

The registrar disclosed that the council was working hard towards gathering a reliable data base on pharmacists and premises to assist government in planning for the health needs of the citizenry.

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