Four pharmacists have been suspended from practice by the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN) having been found guilty in matters relating to ethical misconduct, diversion of funds and pharmaceutical products.
Two of the accused pharmacists were banned from practice for three years, while the remaining two were suspended from practice for a period of one year. However, all the respondents were tried for cases of professional indiscipline brought before the tribunal.
The PCN Chairman, Prof. Ahmed Mora, who also functioned as chairman of the Disciplinary Tribunal, in his judgement explained reasons for the suspension of the druggists, stating that they deviated from the ethical standard of pharmacy practice.
Mora, who presided over the tribunal’s sitting at PCN’s headquarters in Abuja, further disclosed that the cases dispensed with were among many others that have been ongoing for quite some time now.
He said ”I am happy that these judgements were passed today because they have been lingering for some time now”.
The names of the accused pharmacists, he noted, will be deleted from the registrar of registered pharmacists in Nigeria for the period they are on suspension.
“For you to practice Pharmacy in Nigeria, you are granted licence which is renewed every year. So for the next three years, they will not have the license to practice, meaning that they cannot practice for three years.
“These are the cases that have been ongoing for quite some time and the tribunal passed judgement today. I am happy that these judgements were passed today because they have been lingering for some time and others will go on trial.
“The Disciplinary Tribunal is an important component of the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria for those pharmacists that have fallen short of ethical standard in the practice of pharmacy”, he submitted.