In Ondo Task force seals illegal 2 patent medicine shops

The joint task force is made up of representatives of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, NAFDAC and NDLEA.

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Two unregistered patent medicine shops in Akure were on Friday sealed by a   joint task force  set up to rid the state of fake and substandard   drugs.

The News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) reports that  the joint  task force is made up of   representatives of  Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, NAFDAC, NDLEA as well as  officials of Ondo State Task Force on Fake and Substandard Drugs.

Dr Taye Oni, the Permanent Secretary in the  Ondo State Ministry of Health,  told newsmen that one of the sealed shops was selling  substandard and fake drugs as well as those without registration number.

Oni also said the house where the shop was located was not conducive for habitation nor for drug-related  activity.

According to Oni, certain  drugs such as Fortwin, Swinol and Postinor, which were restricted in  usage and subjected to prescription, were found in the shop.

“Some of the drugs found here are meant to be put inside the  refrigerator before being given to patients and some have been banned for years,” he said.

The permanent secretary, who said  that the shop was a criminal den,  vowed  that the state government would not allow such heinous acts to continue.

Also speaking, Mr Wole Ojo, the state Coordinator of  NAFDAC, said that the shop owners would be prosecuted according to the law.

Ojo, who expressed delight  at the seizures, said   some of the drugs  were narcotics  and not meant for patent medicine shops.

Mr Gbenga Lasekan, the Chairman of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria in the state, said that the council had given drug sellers a list  of drugs meant to be sold.

Lasekan expressed worry  that  one of the shops was close to the State Specialist Hospital  in Akure.

NAN reports that the two patent shops locked were Deals and Dolls Medicine Store and Tessy Patent Medicine Shop.

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