The Registrar of Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, on Friday in Kano, issued a two-week deadline to all patent medicine dealers, particularly those at Sabon Gari drugs open market, to relocate to the new Coordinated Wholesale Centre on Zaria road, Kano.
Addressing newsmen in Kano on Friday, the PCN Registrar, Pharm Ibrahim Ahmed, said the measure is to rigidly enforce regulatory standards on the distribution and sale of drugs.
According to him, the location of the Kano CWC, to be operated by the Kanawa Pharmaceutical Partners Limited has since been inspected and granted location approval by PCN since 2017.
However, he lamented that the chaotic drugs distribution system in Nigeria, Kano inclusive has been a major challenge affecting the quality, safety, and efficacy of medicines and contributes largely to the menace of drug abuse and misuse in Nigeria.
“The Open Drug markets across the country unfortunately have contributed to this challenge. They include poor storage facilities, which expose the medicines to harsh environmental factors, like high temperatures and humidity that impact negatively their quality, safety, and efficacy. Sale of ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist exposes the public to the dangers of wrong use of medicines.”
Similarly, the registrar regretted that most of the medicine shops in open drug markets in Nigeria are unregistered and have been operating illegally, adding that the illegal sale of substances of abuse to the public results in social and security problems.
With the commissioning of the CWC on Friday, in Kano, the PCN registrar warned that the sale of medicines in the Sabon Gari market and clustered plazas across Kano State will longer be tolerated.
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