The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down pharmacies in Sokoto state Nigeria.
Sokoto state NAFDAC Coordinator, Malam Garba Adamu, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Sokoto that 12 other pharmacies were sanctioned for various offences.
Garba Adamu said those pharmacies that are shut down was sanctioned for selling and displaying unregistered products, as well as poor storage of medicines and violating distribution regulations.
Garba said that the other erring firms had some of their displayed drugs seized and also got warning letters for infractions which included non-compliance with storage and distribution regulations.
He further explained that no less than 55 pharmaceutical outlets were sensitized on the use of “Medical Safety Mobile Applications” for reporting adverse drug reactions.
According to Adamu, the mobile app detects adverse effects in the aftermath of immunisation and keeps track of drugs of interest.
Sokoto state NAFDAC coordinator, Adamu assured Nigerians of the agency’s commitment to safeguarding people`s lives and appealed for the cooperation of the public for the continuation of the exercise in the state.
During the seal off exercise, the Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Sokoto State Chapter, Mr Ibrahim Binji, commented NAFDAC for taking steps to safeguard and sanitise the drugs distribution network in the country.