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NAFDAC and PCN Close 1,321 Medicine Stores in Kano

NAFDAC and PCN Close 1,321 Medicine Stores in Kano

The National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) have taken action to close 1,321 medicine stores operating illegally in Kano.

Mr Francis Ononiwu, the Director of Investigation and Enforcement at NAFDAC, addressed reporters in Kano on Monday, providing details of the joint operation that occurred over the weekend on February 17 and February 18.

These stores were found in various locations, including Malam sealed Kato Square, Niger Street, and Sabon Gari Market in Kano.

The primary objective of this enforcement action was to ensure that medical dealers relocate to the Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) in Dangwauro, situated along Zaria Road, Kano. By doing so, it aligns with our regulatory function of maintaining standards and ensuring that only high-quality drugs are in circulation.

Ononiwu emphasized the importance of sanitizing the drug distribution system in the country. Inadequate storage conditions can cause drugs to degrade and transform into harmful substances. Upon inspection, it was discovered that many of these medicine stores were operating in poorly ventilated environments.

He further explained that certain medications, especially life-saving drugs, require proper refrigeration to maintain their effectiveness. Investigations revealed that some of the illegal medicine outlets were involved in smuggling fake drugs, narcotics, and banned products such as analgin injections. The misuse of narcotics drugs has contributed to the security challenges faced in the country.

Ononiwu urged medicine dealers to view their relocation to the CWC as a crucial step towards protecting public health and continuing the fight against substandard drugs. Centralizing medicine distribution allows regulatory bodies to more effectively monitor incoming drugs and address the issue of counterfeit and low-quality products.

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