Nigeria: Government Gazette PCN Act, to regulate all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical supply chain

The Federal Government has issued the new Pharmacy Act and empowered the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) to regulate all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical distribution chain.

The Chairman of the Board of the organization, Prof. Ahmed Tijjani Mora said so yesterday during the presentation of the official PCN (Establishment) Act 2022 in Abuja.

He said the Pharmacy Board of Nigeria Bill was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in August and empowered the Registrar to revoke licenses and regulate all stakeholders involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain such as pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, patent drug sellers, manufacturers, importers. , wholesalers among others.

While thanking the President and all those who made it possible for the Bill to pass, he said fines for breaches in the old law ranged from 250 to 1,000 naira but had been increased to between 250,000 and 2,000,000 naira in the new law.

“Fines are meant to deter people from falling below the minimum standard expected of them. The council is a regulatory body. We are not a for-profit organization and we are remedial, not punitive. We deal with drugs, which make the difference between life and death.That is why we must be regulated.

He said the Federal High Court, under the new law, has jurisdiction to hear and decide criminal and civil cases.

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