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NAFDAC Wary Of Counterfeiters’ Sophistication

Posted: Nov 24, 2016 at 3:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

NAFDAC Wary Of Counterfeiters’ Sophistication Destroys N75m Worth Fake Products In Abuja

Mrs Yetunde Oni, the Acting Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has expressed concern over the high level of sophisticated strategies counterfeiters are deploying to ensure that they evade arrest and enjoy proceeds of counterfeit products at the expense of the lives of Nigerians.

She, however, said the agency is ahead of them, as it has continued to deploy cutting edge strategies and measures to ensure that violators are arrested and prosecuted.

This is as the agency, in the past week, destroyed fake, counterfeit and substandard products worth N75 million. The worth of the products which were destroyed in Kuje, according to the agency, is N 45 million less than the worth of similar destruction carried out in 2014 (N120 million).

Mrs Oni who spoke during the destruction exercise disclosed that some of the products were voluntarily submitted to NAFDAC, while others were mopped up from the open market through the agency’s enforcement activities and surveillance system.

According to her, the destruction exercise is one of the strategies employed by NAFDAC to prevent the circulation of fake and counterfeit products in the country.

Speaking on how far NAFDAC has gone with addressing the prevalence of fake and adulterated regulated products in the country, Mrs. Oni said, “In 2014, we carried out the destruction of over 120 million naira worth of fake and counterfeit medicines and other regulated products and we are happy that this figure is down to 75 million naira in 2016.”

Continuing, she said, “This is an indicator of NAFDAC’s strengthened enforcement and surveillance systems. We are optimistic that in the near future, we would have little or nothing to destroy as we look toward ensuring availability of good quality, efficacious, safe and affordable medicines and wholesome regulated products to the Nigerian populace.”

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Binta Adamu Bello, who spoke during the exercise noted that the destruction of the fake and substandard regulated products is to serve as deterrent to violators of NAFDAC regulations.

She, therefore, charge NAFDAC to continue to live up to its responsibility by  ensuring that only the right quality, effective and safe products are available for use for Nigerians.

The Permanent Secretary further revealed that her ministry is determined to continue to provide the needed support and encouragement to NAFDAC to achieve its mandate.

She therefore called on all stakeholders and all Nigerians to continue to give NAFDAC the needed support in its effort and mandate to safeguarding the lives of Nigerians.