Chemist nabbed for selling Tramadol, as Ondo govt shut 7 medicine stores

An Ondo State Taskforce has arrested a patent medicine store owner in Oda town in Akure South local government area for selling Tramadol and some other controlled drugs.

Similarly, the taskforce also shut down seven pharmaceutical stores in the State for stocking and selling controlled and expired drugs.

The stores located in Akure, the state capital were closed by the State Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs.

The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Folukemi Aladenola, said the enforcement became imperative to eradicate the menace of fake and counterfeit drugs in the state.

She noted that some of the affected stores were sanctioned by the taskforce for storing drugs in unconducive environments and for not having operational licenses among other infractions.

Aladenola said during the raid at a patent medicine store located along Oda road in Akure, it was observed that controlled and expired drugs were kept inside the toilet.

The Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Ondo State Chapter, Eniola Akindeko said during the operation, the task force discovered that lots of pharmaceutical stores did not comply with laid down rules and regulations