The Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs: Nafdac
The immediate past director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii had prior to his exit from office been widely quoted as advocating for the enactment of new legislation to enable the agency cope with the present realities on the dynamics of war on counterfeit medicines among other challenges confronting it.
The former NAFDAC helmsman had hinged his call for a revision of the laws on the noticeable defects in the existing ones to enhance efforts of the agency to rid the country of unscrupulous elements.
We support Orhii’s advocacy because it borders on strengthening the operations of an important agency of government whose activities have direct consequence on the lives of the greatest majori
Fake Anti Malaria Durgs-Beware:
Following the emergence of two fake versions of Quinine Sulphate circulating in neighbouring Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the federal government has recently warned Nigerians to beware. According to official reports, the fake drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients.
The report states that however, the said drugs have not been sighted in the country yet, but if seen anywhere including hospitals and pharmacy shops, it should be reported to the nearest office of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The warning which was contained in a statement released by Mrs. Boade Akinola, Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, also revealed that Quinine Sulpha
The Dean Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), Professor Emmanuel Ibezim has decried the high rate of counterfeit and unwholesome drug abuse in the country, saying it was high time pharmacists asserted their professional relevance by curbing the menace.
Ibezim spoke at the opening ceremony of the 40th National Convention of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students, PANS, held at the Nsukka Campus of the university.
The don noted that the problems of ill-regulated and chaotic drug distribution network in the country appeared to have defied human solution, adding that “the lip service currently being paid by the powers that be to the nation’s numerous drug related issues was disturbing.”
According to him, the convention should be able to