The Lagos State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods have shut down 32 pharmacies and patent medicine stores located in Dopemu, Mangoro, Cement, Oniwaya, Ayobo-Ipaja, OrileAgege, Akinogun, Mosan and Ikola axis of Agege and Alimosho Local Government areas of the state for offenses bordering on illegal operation and operating beyond scope of practice.
The enforcement and compliance raid was carried out by the State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods in collaboration with the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Federal Taskforce on fake drugs and the Police Officers from Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) of Lagos Police Command.
The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi reportedly said that the shutting down of the stores was in accordance with the provisions of Section C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Miscellaneous Provision Act of 1999.
Professor Akin Abayomi reportedly said that the affected pharmacies and patent medicine shops were sealed for offenses including operations without a license, engaging unqualified persons to man and dispense drugs to unsuspecting citizens, operating beyond scope through the sale of ethical products, displaying and storing drugs in unconducive environments which compromises the potency of the drugs thereby rendering them ineffective.
Director Pharmaceutical Services, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Moyosore Adejumo reportedly said that “this closure is thus part of the government’s renewed efforts to sanitize the drug distribution system and curb proliferation of fake drugs in the State”.
Adejumo reportedly said that an investigative meeting would be held with the victims in order to get relevant information and inform them of necessary steps and conditions to be met for reopening in line with government regulations and payment of administrative fees.