350 Medicine Shops Shut Down In Jigawa


The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) has shut down over 350 pharmacies and medicine shops in Jigawa State.


Pharmacist Stephen Esumobi, the PCN’s Director of Enforcement, announced this during a press conference at the Federal Secretariat in Dutse, the state capital.


Esumobi explained that the closures were part of an effort to regulate the drug distribution system across Nigeria.


The primary aim, he said, is to ensure that all medicines remain safe, effective, and of high quality as they pass through various levels of the supply chain to consumers.


During their inspection, the PCN team found that many shops were operating without proper registration and were stocking drugs beyond their approved list.


Esumobi also noted that the storage conditions in most premises were poor, which could lead to the degradation of medicines.


Additionally, some unlicensed dealers were selling substances of abuse, contributing to social and security problems in the state.


The enforcement operation covered several local government areas, including Dutse, Hadejia, Birnin Kudu, Gwaram, Ringim, Taura, Birniwa, and Guri. Other areas included Mallam Madori, Jahun, Kiyawa, Garki, Gumel, Kazaure, Roni, Gagarawa, Buji, Kafin Hausa, Kaugama, and Auyo.


In total, the PCN team inspected 457 premises, consisting of 19 pharmacies, 178 patent medicine shops, and 260 illegal outlets. Out of these, 355 were sealed for various offences such as unauthorised sale of substances of abuse, operating without PCN registration, and selling medicines without proper documentation.

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