Close Down Unregistered Pharmaceutical Shops, Reps Tell Ministry
The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Ministry of Health and the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria to commence inspection of pharmaceutical shops across the country, with a view to closing down shops being operated by unregistered pharmacists.
The House also seek the regulatory body to close down pharmaceutical shops operating in unregistered premises and carry-out disciplinary measures against the defaulters.
The representatives resolved that the House committee on Health Institutions and Health Care services should ensure compliance of the directives.
The green chambers, while deliberating on a motion titled ‘Urgent Need to Regulate the Establishment of Pharmaceutical Shops and Drug Stores’ observed that drugs were being publicly displayed for sales in some rural communities.
According to the motion sponsored by the Chairman, House Committee on Capital Market, Tajudeen Abbas, pharmaceutical shops commonly referred to as ‘chemists shops’ were spread across the country.
Abass observed that many of the building which house the chemist shops lack basic facility including electricity and water supply and in most cases operated by quacks.
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