BREAKING: NAFDAC, PCN seal 1,370 medicine outlets in Kano

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in conjunction with the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), has sealed 1,370 wholesale medicine outlets in Kano over their failure to relocate to the coordinated wholesale centre (CWC).

The outlets are those operating in the open drug markets of Sabon Gari, Malam Kato and Mai Karami in Kano.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made the disclosure yesterday while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

She explained that CWCs were established to address the chaotic drug distribution system in Nigeria, adding that the disorderly chain of movement of medicines in the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the final consumer, is inimical to the efficacy of pharmaceutical products and is the primary cause of substandard and falsified medicines in circulation.

The NAFDAC boss said over the years, the medicine dealers in Kano have resisted all attempts by concerned regulatory authorities to relocate their pharmaceutical businesses from the open drug markets in Mai Karami Plaza, Niger Street, Malam Kato and Sabon Gari areas of Kano to the CWCs in Dangwauro area of the state.