Lagos State in on illegal, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods has shut 32 pharmacies and patent
Medicine stores for offences bordering on illegal operation and operating beyond scope of practice.
The Commissioner just for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this on Sunday after reviewing the report.
The first enforcement exercise carried out by the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Unit of the Ministry for 2020
Said that the affected premises include those located in Dopemu, Mangoro, Cement, Oniwaya, Ayobo-Ipaja, OrileAgege,
Akinogun, Mosan and Ikola axis of Agege and Alimosho local Government areas of the state.
Abayomi noted 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.
The Commissioner explained further that the affected pharmacies and patent medicine shops were sealed for offences
including operations 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.
He, 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 as the law prohibits dispensing and wholesaling of drugs
by patent medicine vendors as the law also prohibits wholesalers operating outside their scope by selling drugs in retail.
Abayomi assured that the present administration remains committed to putting a halt to the ugly trend of having
unqualified personnel deal with drugs and will continue to insist that the environment for the dispensation of medical care should
Be suitable for the promotion and maintenance of good health.
Speaking in the same vein, Director Pharmaceutical Services, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Moyosore Adejumo,
Said that the State Government would not relent in its efforts to stop the inherent dangers associated with the operations
Of unlicensed pharmaceutical outlets and drug shops.
Adejumo added that the Task Force through the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Unit (PIU) of the Pharmaceutical Services
Directorate has been re-energized to intensify the war against fake, and substandard drugs being peddled by unlicensed and illegal premises.
“This closure is part of the government’s efforts to sanitize the drug distribution system and curb proliferation of fake drugs
She explained that an investigative meeting would be held with owners of the sealed premises to make further inquiries
On the status of the sealed premises and to notify them of the procedures and appropriate conditions
To be met for reopening in line with government regulations and payment of administrative fee.
She, however , noted that the enforcement and compliance raid by the State Task force on Counterfeit and
Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods was carried out 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 of Lagos Police Command.