32 illegal pharmacies shut down by Lagos state

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed that after reviewing the report of the first enforcement exercise carried out by the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Unit of the Ministry for year 2020 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.

Prof. Abayomi noted that the sealing of affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores followed due process and was backed by Section C34 of the counterfeit, fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods miscellaneous provision act of 1999.

The commissioner further explained that the affected pharmacies and patent medicine shops were sealed for operating without license, engaging unqualified persons to dispense drugs to unsuspecting citizens, operating beyond their scope displaying and storing drugs in inappropriate environments which renders them ineffective by compromising their quality.

Only licensed patent medicine vendors are authorized to sell 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 and wholesalers operating outside their scope by selling drugs in retail, He said.

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