LASG Shuts 52 Illegal, Substandard Pharmacy And Patent Medicine Stores
Uploaded by Adekoya on August 9, 2019
The Lagos State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods has sealed 52 pharmacies, patent medicine shops and unlicensed premises at Isolo, Egbeda, Ikotun, Bariga and Somolu in Oshodi-Isolo, Alimosho and Somolu Local government areas of Lagos for offences bordering on illegal operation, operating beyond scope amongst others.
In a statement, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves explained that some of those operating the sealed premises also engaged in illegal clinical practices such as patient admission and setting of intravenous infusions and stated that such practice is unacceptable and that the State Government would do whatever is necessary to enforce the law and sanction erring operators.
Dr Goncalves said though some of the pharmacies visited were registered, it was disheartening to note that quite a number of them had no qualified pharmacists on duty and displayed expired drugs for sale to the public
She stated that licensed patent medicine vendors are authorized to sell only drug products in their original packs in approved pack size as produced by the manufacturing companies.
While noting that the recent operation of the taskforce was coming on the heels of the war being waged against fake drugs and illegal drug shops, Goncalves warned that the activities of the State Task Force on Fake Drugs would not only be sustained, but intensified until operators in the sector adhere strictly to the provisions of the law on the operation of pharmacies and patent medicine shops, in order to safeguard the health of the citizenry.
The enforcement and compliance raid by the State Task force on Counterfeit, 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 (Task Force) of Lagos Police Command.