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FG Set To Shut Down All Open Drug Markets July 1

The Federal Government on July 1 will commence the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDGs) by strengthening the organised drug distribution system.

Regulatory agencies like the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and NAFDAC will on that date resume the exercise of their mandate to ensure full compliance.

Mr Linus Awute, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, made these known on Friday in Abuja.

Awute said: “We are hopeful that the existence of open drug markets in the country will be a thing of the past as the drug distribution system of the country has remained uncoordinated, chaotic and has resulted in the circulation of fake, adulterated, substandard and counterfeit drugs.”

According to Awute, the chaotic drug distribution poses a very big challenge to the pharmaceutical sector in particular and the Federal
government in general considering the negative impact the situation has on the entire healthcare delivery system of the country.

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