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NAFDAC, NAPMD Sensitize Vendors In Yobe

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Posted: Sep 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Mohammed Abubakar.

DAMATURU – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Yobe state in collaboration with the Nigeria Association of Patients Medicine Dealers organized a one-day sensitization workshop for medicine vendors in Yobe South senatorial district.

This comprises of participants from the four local government areas namely: Fune, Fika, Potiskum and Nangere respectively.

Lawan Musa Dadingelma, NAFDAC coordinator in the state in his opening address said that the workshop was aimed at sensitizing patent medicine vendors on counterfeit drugs and guide to good storage practices.

His words: “The need for this workshop came as a result of the gradual return of peace and normalcy that have resurfaced in our dear state after series of insurgent activities that lasted for over two years”.

Again, some scrupulous elements amongst us are using this avenue to short change the general populace by selling counterfeit, expired and unwholesome drugs thereby endangering our lives, he said. He hoped that the workshop would equip the participants with a clear view on what drug counterfeiting is all about and also have sound knowledge of good storage keeping.

The coordinator further explained counterfeit drug “is a medication or pharmaceutical product which is produced and sold with the intent to deceptively represent its origin, authenticity or effectiveness.

According to him, “a counterfeit drugs may contain inappropriate quantities of active ingredients or none, may be improperly processed within the body.”

Therefore correctly labeled, low-cost generic drugs are not counterfeit or fake, although they can be counterfeited but can be caught up in anti- counterfeiting enforcement measures.

In his paper presentation titled ‘Legal and Regulatory considerations and operational limitations of the Vendor’, Abdullahi Umar Kuta, executive officer, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, spoke on the legal and regulatory considerations, Pharmacy and drugs law in Nigeria and operational limitations of the vendors.

“Operational limitations here refers to the limit which patent medicine vendors must not cross, PPMVL does not permit the holder to operate beyond the limits imposed by the license.”

“Patent medicines must be sold in their original packs, boxes, foils, bottles, packets or covers as packed by the manufacturer, in case of tablets/capsules they may be sold in small packs, sizes or units not exceeding 100s, in case of oral liquid preparations, syrups or suspensions, only packs of 15mls, 30mls, 100mls and 200mls are to be sold and these should also be in their original packs.”

Hafsat Dauda Fika, one of the resource persons, advised “at each storage site there should be an adequate number of personnel to achieve pharmaceutical quantity assurance objectives, national regulations on qualifications should be followed, all personnel should receive proper training, precautions must be taken to prevent unauthorized person from entering storage areas, storage areas should be of sufficient capacity to allow the orderly storage of the various categories of materials and products.”

Alhaji Garba Ahlil-Baiti, chairman of Nigeria Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, NAPPMED, in his vote of thanks expressed the gratitude of his association to Yobe state for educating the drug vendors, saying that the knowledge acquired could safe guard the health of the citizens.