The Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods has shut down 52 pharmacies and medicine stores operating within the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Dr Titilayo Goncalves, disclosed this to reporters in the state on Thursday.
“The affected pharmacies and patent medicine shops indulged in the practice of operating without licence, engaging unqualified persons to man and dispense drugs to unsuspecting citizens.
“Also, they were operating beyond the scope through sale of ethical products and displaying and storing drugs in unconducive environments which compromise the potency and integrity of the drugs rendering them ineffective.
“Although some of the pharmacies visited were registered, it is disheartening to note that quite a number of them have no qualified pharmacists on duty and displayed expired drugs for sale to the public,” she said.
The Director, Pharmaceutical Services in the ministry, Dr. Moyosore Adejumo, stressed that the Lagos state government has intensified the war against fake, expired and substandard drugs and is looking closely into the activities of unlicensed drug shops in the state.
She said that the state government had re-energised the taskforce ask force, through the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Unit (PIU) of the Pharmaceutical Services Directorate of the health ministry to intensify the war.
“This closure is thus part of the government’s renewed efforts to sanitise the drug distribution system and curb proliferation of fake drugs in the state.
“An investigative meeting would be held with owners of the sealed premises to make further inquiries on the status of the sealed premises.
“Also, to notify them of the procedures and appropriate conditions to be met for reopening in line with the government regulations and payment of administrative fee,” Adejumo said.
The sealed outlets were located in Isolo, Egbeda, Ikotun, Bariga, Somolu, Oshodi-Isolo and Alimosho areas of the state.