No fewer than 33 illegal pharmacies and patent medicine stores have been shut so far by the Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods in Ojo area of the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, who disclosed this yesterday while reviewing report of the recent raids by the agency in the state, explained that the exercise was coming on the heels of the war against fake and expired drugs as well as operators of illegal pharmacies by the state government.
Onanuga explained that the 33 outlets were sealed off for various offences contrary to the provisions of the law on the operation of pharmacies and patent medicine stores in Lagos State, adding that the task force has a renewed mandate to comb every nook and cranny of the state to fish out illegal patent medicine shops and pharmacy operators.
The special adviser noted that the sealing of fake pharmaceutical premises was in accordance with the provision of Chapter C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provision) Act of 1999, Number 25.
Onanuga added that the raid was necessitated by the persistent defiance of government’s stipulated regulations on drug production, importation, manufacture, sales or display for sales, hawking, distribution, adulteration, and possession of drugs by illegal operators.
He said some of the shops were sealed for selling drugs without license from the regulatory authority or failure to relocate from a market area and adhere to the mandated distance between a patent medicine shop and market place as stipulated by the law.
He also said some of them were sealed for selling counterfeit and fake drugs. Affected patent medicine stores and unregistered premises include; Aston H. Pharmacy located at 17, Baale Street, Igbo-Elerin Road; Clint Kim & Moore Mart Pharmacy at 38a, Igbo Elerin Road; Bonalink Pharmacy at KM 4, LASU-Isheri Expressway; UNC Choice Supermarket at 40, Great Challenge Road, Iyana Iba; Ocean of Life Pharmacy & Stores at 6, Adaloko Road, Abule-Era, Ojo; and Dounthing Pharmacy at Unity Estate, Iba Ojo.
Source: National Mirror Nigeria