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NAFDAC Asks Medicine Dealers To Buy Drugs From Approved Sources

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stories by Sylvester Enoghase,


The problems of drug proliferation in Nigeria have affected the credibility of the healthcare system and can exert very harmful effects on the consumer, resulting to illness; disability and even death, and anyone can be a victim.

Some of the incidents have resulted in death even among children because most times, the consumers do not know the quality of what they are buying or taking.

This makes it imperative that there is need to intensify efforts in fake drug eradication. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the government agency in Nigeria that is empowered to regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals and packaged water, in order to ensure that safe and quality products are available to the public.

As NAFDAC tasks herself dutifully in fighting fake drugs, more challenges come up from unscrupulous drug dealers, and this has once again spurred the agency’s Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, to warn patent medicine dealers in the country to buy drugs only from genuine and authenticated sources, to make the business of fake drugs unattractive.

The call was made by NAFDAC Coordinator in Delta State, Ms Esther Aburime, who represented the Director General in a seminar organised for members of the Delta State chapter of the National Association of Patent Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED), tagged ‘Fight against fake and substandard regulated products – A fight for all’, which was organised by Christabel International in conjunction with NAFDAC in Asaba and Ughelli.

The NAFDAC Director General attributed the menace of fake and counterfeit drugs to one of the factors militating against the attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, 4, 5 and 6 which advocates for reduction in maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

The Director General who lamented the consequences of fake drugs said, “You can contribute by reporting the ones you see; avoiding fake products, so that the perpetrators will not flourish in the business; and buying products from authenticated sources, and obtaining letter headed receipts of purchase.

“Fake and counterfeit medicines pose a great threat to the attainment of these goals as well as the overall public health. They cause several health problems, including treatment failure, organs and system failure, economic loss, sickness and death.”