By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State Ministry of Health has sealed 30 illegal patent medicine stores and pharmacies in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area.
The ministry has also seized fake drugs from the stores worth millions of naira.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Healthcare, Dr Olufemi Onanuga, disclosed this while reviewing the report of the recent raids by the Taskforce on Fake, Counterfeit and Unwholesome Processed Foods in his office.
He stated that the affected outlets were sealed off for violating the provisions of the law.
According to him, the pharmacies and patent medicine stores were sealed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act of 1999.
“The closure is part of the governmentâ€™s renewed efforts aimed at ridding the state of fake, substandard and illegal drugs and outlets through streamlining of drug distribution system in the state.
“The raid was necessitated by the persistent violation of government’s stipulated regulations on drug production, importation, manufacturing, sales, hawking, distribution, adulteration and possession of drugs by illegal operators.
“The affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores were sealed off for offences ranging from sales of drugs without license and failure to relocate from market areas,â€™â€™ he said.
Onanuga expressed concern over the dangers posed by the activities of operators of illegal patent medicine stores and pharmacies in the state.
â€œIt is disheartening that despite the provisions of the law which outlines requirements for registration and renewal of pharmaceutical premises, some people still choose to stay on the wrong side of the law.â€™â€™
The raids were carried out in conjunction with the officials of National Agency for Food, Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and representatives of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).
Others are the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Police Rapid Response Squad.