Twenty-four pharmaceutical and patent medicine shops, including those in unauthorized premises at Abule Egba, Alagbado, Kola, Meiran, Ekoro and Oko-Oba in Ifako Ijaiye and Alimosho councils of Lagos state has been shut down by the Lagos State government.
The shutdown follows a raid carried out in collaboration with the National Agency for Food and 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 affected shops were sealed for offences including operating without licence, engaging unqualified personnel to dispensing drugs, operating beyond scope through sale of ethical products, displaying and storing drugs in improper environments, which compromises the potency of the drugs thereby rendering them ineffective.
Abayomi reportedly added that the premises visited engaged in illegal clinical practices such as patient admission and setting of intravenous infusions which is not ideal.
Abayomi expressed his deep commitment to enforce the law and sanction errant operators.
The Director Pharmaceutical Services in the ministry, Dr. Moyosore Adejumo reportedly sad that the government would not relent in its efforts to stop unlicensed pharmaceutical outlets and drug shops in the state.
Moyosore reportedly said that the task force will strengthen their effort to kick against fake, expired and substandard drug peddled by unlicensed and illegal premises.