Ondo govt seals seven pharmaceutical stores, arrests man for selling tramadol

A patent medicine store owner in Oda town, Akure South local government area of Ondo State has been arrested for selling Tramadol and some other controlled drugs by the state taskforce.

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.

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

Some of the affected stores, according to her, 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