The Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharm Elijah Mohammed, has warned that unlicensed pharmaceutical shop owners operating in Osun State will be prosecuted if caught.
Mohammed spoke during the mandatory orientation program for patent and proprietary medicine vendors held in Osogbo, capital of Osun State.
Represented by the State Officer of the council in Osun, Kingsley Ehiosimwiogbe, Mohammed, said that only authorised licensed operators were permitted to sell simple household medicines across the country.
Calling on licensed operators to renew their papers, as and when due, he added that licenses were not transferable and vendors caught violating the council’s rules and regulations would be made to face sanctions.
He said, “There are some vendors who stock beyond their list. Patent medicine vendors have a specific list that is assigned to them, which is different from the pharmacist because it is not all drugs that the vendors can handle. They are meant to handle simple household drugs, which are over-the-counter drugs and multivitamins.
“Sanctions are carried out at the expiration of a license, which is every December 31. Any vendor caught operating after his license has expired risks having his shop shut down.”
In his remarks, the Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the State Ministry of Health, Pharm. F. O Awoyemi spoke on the need to handle drugs properly. He also advised that pharmaceutical products should be procured from only licensed manufacturers.