Open drug hawking to end in August 2017

Pharmacists Council of NIgeria

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says that open drug hawking of drug will be eradicated by August 1, 2017.

The council’s registrar, Mr. Elijah Mohammed who announced this in Abuja, said it is part of efforts to regulate drug distribution system in the country, and curtail the menace of open drug sale.

Mohammed who blames major challenges in the health system on the open drug hawking, accused most of the hawkers of selling fake and adulterated drugs.

The registrar explained that coordinated wholesale centres are being built in Kano, Lagos, Onitsha and Aba where open sale of drugs is predominant.

He assured that the drug dealers will be relocated to the centres to enable them to carry out their activities in a coordinated manner.

Open drugs marketers or dealers are unlicensed medicines sellers found in and around the streets, such as Idumota in Lagos, Onitsha, over- head bridges, Sabongari in Kano and Nyanya in FCT Abuja.

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