Lagos Shuts 29 Illegal Pharmacies, Chemists, Mostly In Lekki

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The Lagos State Government has shut down 29 illegal
pharmacies and chemists across the State for operating illegally. Officials of
the Lagos State Taskforce on Fake, Counterfeit and Unwholesome Processed Foods
raided the patent stores on Monday and shut them down for operating without
being registered with the government.
Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr.
Modele Osunkiyesi explained that the 29 shops 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.
Osunkiyesi noted that the latest closure was coming on the
heels of the government’s renewed mandate to the Taskforce to comb all nooks
and crannies of the state for illegal patent medicine and pharmaceutical
stores’ operators.

“The closure is part of the government’s efforts at ridding
the state of fake, substandard and illegal drugs’ operators and outlets as well
as ensuring high drug quality through sanitation and streamlining of drug
distribution system in the state,” she said.
According to Osunkiyesi, the shops were sealed off for
offences ranging from sales of drugs without license from the regulatory
authority; to failure or refusal to relocate from a market area and adherence
to the mandated distance between a patent medicine shop and market place as
stipulated by the law; and sales of counterfeit and fake drugs amongst others.
She listed some of the affected patent medicine stores and
unregistered premises as including; Goodnews Store located at 8, Badore Road,
Folarin Bus-stop, Ajah; Jonadab Nwaogwugwu Chemist, Seyi-Omogwa Street, Lakowe
Phase2, Lekki; and BL Supermarket, Yomade Shopping Mall, Awoyaya Bus-stop,
Lekki.
Others are; Tela Rose Pharmacy, 13 Shonibare S. Complex,
Awoyaya, Ibeju-Lekki; Omata Chemist, 2 Seyi Omogwa Street, Lakowe Phase2,
Lekki; and Uzoma Shop, Bale Palace, Abijo town, Lekki; and Chidominion Stores,
Olasuru Shopping Plaza, Haruna Bus-stop, Sangotedo, Lekki, Ajah.
The Permanent Secretary also listed Chinkem Pharmaceutical
Ltd., Sangotedo, Lekki, Ajah; Shade Chemist, 2, David Oladapo Street, Ajah; Big
Friend Merchant Store, Sangotedo Ajah; and Kike Medicine Stores, Oke-Imole
Street, Sangotedo, Ajah as outlets that were affected by the exercise.
Osunkiyesi who expressed concern on the danger posed by the
nefarious activities of illegal operators of patent medicine and pharmaceutical
stores in the state added that it was particularly disheartening that despite
the provisions of the law which outlines requirements for registration and
renewal of pharmaceutical premises, people still chose to stay on the wrong
side of the law.
She urged operators of pharmaceutical shops and patent
medicine stores to ensure that their activities are within the ambit of the law
just as she reiterated government’s avowed commitment to stream lining the drug
distribution system in the state in order to ensure the safety of the
citizenry.
“It is important that operators of pharmaceutical shops and
patent medicine stores operate within the ambit of the law regulating their
operations as the state government would not take it lightly with any operators
of pharmaceutical products who disregard the laws of the state,” she said.

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