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Achievers Pharmacy CEO Accuses Ghana Pharmacy Council of Unlawful Closure of Shop

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The Chief Executive Officer of Achievers Pharmacy, Philip Anokye, has accused the Pharmacy Council of Ghana of unlawfully closing down his fast-rising pharmaceutical shop located in Obuasi.

According to Anokye, the shop had been providing pharmaceutical and laboratory services to the people of Obuasi and its environs since 2018, with a staff strength of over 20. He explained that they had fulfilled all the laid down provisions of the Pharmacy Council to renew their license, so he could not fathom why the Council had closed it down.

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Anokye narrated that they had certified their registration at the Ashanti Regional office, and later found another pharmacist who helped them conclude the registration process at the Regional office of the Pharmaceutical Council, which was duly approved by the Council director, Pharm Benjamin Botwe.

He added that he was later prompted to pay a GH¢3,500 penalty for late registration which he accepted but asked for time to pay.

However, much to his surprise and that of his staff, the Regional Pharmaceutical Council came to close down his shop on May 2nd. Anokye said that the council did not show any notification to close down the shop, and they resisted.

He said after petitioning the Obuasi Municipal Police Commander, the matter was amicably settled, and they started their operation again. Still, a team from the National Pharmaceutical Council in Accra came to close down the shop, despite no basis for their statement.

Anokye said he proceeded to the Regional office of the Council to plead for clemency, but all fell on deaf ears while the Regional Director sacked them from his office.

For the most part, Achievers Pharmacy has decided to write to the Pharmaceutical Council through their lawyers to explain the basis for closing down the shop and to also open it. Anokye said that they had paid what there was to be paid to the Council, yet their shop had been closed down, denying more than 20 of their staff their livelihood. He emphasized that private individuals doing legitimate business in Ghana should not be frustrated.

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