Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

PSN to pharmacists: Comply with the Act or face conviction

In a bid to ensure that the public has access to quality and registered pharmacy facilities in 2016, the president of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Ibrahim Yakasai has urged its members to comply with the payment of their practicing fees as prescribed by the Act or face conviction.

Yakasai, said that after due consultation with the PSN National Executive Committee, NEC, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN, has taken the bold decision to invoke the provisions of section 14(6) of the PCN Act which posits that “any pharmacist who in respect of any year without paying the practicing fee practices as such is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction.

“No registered person shall practice as a pharmacist in any year unless he has paid to the Council in respect of that year, the appropriate practicing fee which shall be due every January.\"

He further stated that, \"pharmacists in all cadres of practice are enjoined to immediately pay their practicing fees in view of section 14(1) of the PCN, Act.\"

Yakassai in a statement made available to our correspondent in Lagos, added that all pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies should fulfil the protocol of regularizing their membership of after which they would be issued Clearance Certificates by the respective state branches.

Issuing similar warning to chemists, he stated, \" Section 4(1), A selling dispenser shall in the month of January in each year sent to the Registrar a list of all the premises (form B) where his business, so far as it comprises the sale of drugs is being carried on and the name of the selling dispenser or chemists having the personal control (form J) of the business on each premise.

\"4(2) A selling dispenser or chemist who fails to comply with the provisions of this section is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction in respect of each offence.\"

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