NAFDAC destroys N3bn substandard medical products
From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
The Director General, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Majisola Christiana Adeyeye says her agency has destroyed substandard and falsified medical products worth more than three billion Naira (N3, 226, 681, 737).
Prof. Adeyeye who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja recently, said one of the focus and priority areas of NAFDAC is to reduce the level of substandard and falsified medicines to the barest minimum through effective collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
She said her agency in conjunction with the Nigeria Custom Service ( NCS) has since commenced the destruction of seized consignments of substandard and falsified medical products especially Tramadol.
According to her, a total of 24 containers of the products have been destroyed.
The Director-General explained that NAFDAC is working closely with the pharmaceutical regulatory and other professional bodies in curbing substandard and falsified medical products in the country.
She added that plans are underway to commence trans-national border cooperation between her agency and border countries to strengthen the past marketing activities in both countries to reduce substandard and falsified medical products and improve the quality of medicines in such countries.
On the issue of dismantling the open markets and provision of credible alternatives, the Prof. pointed out that plans are also underway to drastically decrease demand for unregistered pharmaceuticals and continuous plugging of the supply sources.