The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has alerted the public, especially healthcare providers, on the existence of fake Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine, circulating in Bangladesh. According to a statement by Prof. Moji Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, the packaging of the falsified Dukoral vaccine displays texts in English and French language. Adeyeye said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had quarantined some quantities of the falsified vaccine. “We are raising this alert to health care providers and the society at large about the existence of falsified Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine circulating in Bangladesh. “The WHO Country Office and Health Authorities in Bangladesh have quarantined the 8,000 falsified packs of Dukoral Oral Cholera vac
The Director General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has accused some National Assembly members of demanding bribe during their oversight of her agency. She said they also asked the agency for N35 million for Drug Abuse Awareness Campaign; a programme clearly outside their job description, and only meant to save the lives of Nigerian children against drug abuse. The DG, who stated this during the 25th Anniversary Celebration of NAFDAC held in Lagos last weekend, said her agency’s budget defence has been suspended because she didn’t allow for extortion, adding that it was a shame that some members of the National Assembly were still extorting money from ministries, departments and agencies of government.
The House of Representatives yesterday ordered an immediate investigation into claims that Chinese drugs manufacturers might be smuggling medicines containing human parts into the country. The move followed a recent alert by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), warning people to beware of bizarre substances from the Asian country. Part of a memo the NIA sent to Nigeria’s watchdog agencies had read: “The South Korean Customs Service on September 30, 2018, revealed that it had seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from foetuses, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals. It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.” Adopting a m
Lagos State government is partnering Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to prevent the sale of Chinese drugs allegedly containing human parts, Health Commissioner Dr. Jide Idris has said. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos on the sidelines of the Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners (AGPNP) that the government was keeping an eye on areas it felt would be at risk of the drugs. The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had assured Nigerians of safety, warning people to beware of the poisonous drugs. Idris said: “Every importation is actually at the purview of the Federal Government, NAFDAC, SON, among others. “But, Lagos State is trying its best to collaborate with the Pharmacists Council to regulate and
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has reiterated that for medicine security, the Federal Government must as a matter of urgency take critical action to implement the National Drug Policy. PSN President, Ahmed Yakasai while briefing newsmen on the 91st national conference of the society holding in Ibadan spoke against the backdrop of recent revelations that some Chinese drugs with human flesh are in circulation. The conference with the theme, “Innovative Disruption in Pharmacy In Emerging Economies: A Roadmap For Nigeria” would be attended by 5000 pharmacists across the country and beyond. The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) had confirmed receipt of a letter from South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety alerting them of the drugs containing “human remains from
Environmental Health Officers Association is set to enlighten members of the public on preventive health education so as to ensure food safety in the society. The President of the Association, Mr Sunday Nwonu, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abakaliki. He said that the target participants for the seminar included food vendors, restaurants, eateries, hotels and farmers. He added that all environmental field workers across the 13 local government areas of the state, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as some federal institutions, would also be involved. Nwonu said that the awareness campaign was to reawaken the need to promote environmental health in efforts to make the public to become more conscious of the quality of food...
Fake, expired and unwholesome products worth over N464 million, seized from the Northeastern states of Nigeria were, yesterday, destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Gombe. Sabo Adamu, the northeast zonal coordinator of NAFDAC, who represented the director general, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, at the destruction site, said the destruction of the drugs was to prevent the devious people involved from making further inventions of such products in the society and also preventing the re-introduction of such products into the society. “The destruction of these products will, no doubt, eliminate the risk of their reintroduction in the Nigerian market,” he said. According to him, “some of the products destroyed include tramadol capsules and tablets,
Lately, Nigeria has witnessed increased cases of some heartless human beings with dead conscience relabelling and revalidating dates of expired foods and drugs. The arrests of the perpetrators and confiscations of relabelled expired drugs were carried out by the officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The news media has thus been awash with stories of seized expired foods and drugs. It was recently reported that N15 million worth of fake expired products was confiscated in Nasarawa State. Just last month, NCS and NAFDAC destroyed N100 million worth of expired medicaments and other items at Seme command of NSC. Some N80 million worth of expired goods were destroyed also in Abuja last month by NAFDAC. It was...
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned that unregulated and unregistered herbal medicines can cause serious health damages. The South-East Director of NAFDAC, Mrs Olajumoke Ojetokun, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday. Ojetokun noted that though herbal medicines were not bad, but advised that such drugs ought to be regulated and duly registered to ascertain the potency or otherwise of its contents. She added that through regulation, the agency could also certify if ingredients were safe for human consumption especially for a period of time. She also noted that the common claim by some herbal medicine dealers that a particular herbal medicine could cure all sickness was far from the truth....
Adeyeye, in a statement yesterday signed by the Director (Public Affairs), Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, said the inauguration will be one of the agenda of the forthcoming stakeholder’s consultative meeting in Lagos on August 20 and 21, 2018. The publishing of the new NAFDAC compendium, which is a Directory of all registered regulated product is one of the major landmark achievements of Prof. Adeyeye since her assumption of office nine months ago. The NAFDAC compendium, which was originally known as NAFDAC Green Pages was last published about 10 years ago. The compendium was first introduced by the late DG of NAFDAC, Prof. Dora Akunyili, as part of her concerted efforts to equip Nigerians with appropriate information that will help them distinguish between fake and unregistered drugs, processed fo
The Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) says it will assist herbal medicine practitioners to get the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) authentication for their products. The Director-General of the agency, Dr Sam Etatuvie, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos. Etatuvie said that the agency would bridge the gap between NAFDAC and herbal medicine practitioners, who wish to venture into commercial production. According to him, the agency has laboratories, researchers and skills that will help carry out analysis on the herbal medicines before it will be pushed to NAFDAC for scrutiny. “Part of what we do at NNMDA is to work with herbal medicine practitioners. We stand as a bridge betwe
National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control has urged Nasarawa residents to make good use of its Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) scheme on drugs before using them to authenticate if the drugs are real or fake. Coordinator of NAFDAC in Nasarawa state Bulus Msheila, made this known in a chat with newsmen on Monday in Lafia, said the MAS scheme by NAFDAC is a unique strategy aimed at ensuring that consumers of drugs get the authentic product they need at all times hence the need for Nasarawa residents to embrace it for the benefit of their health. The scheme uses scratch codes and Short Messaging Service (SMS) to empower consumers to verify the authenticity of medicines at the point of purchase. The consumer scratches the panel on the product which reveals a unique, ...
The Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, has lamented the practice where non-professionals run pharmacies in the country. Speaking in Uyo on Monday during the 2nd National Executive Council meeting and National Symposium of Young Pharmacists Group, themed, The Role of Young Nigerian Leaders in National Drug Abuse Programmes, he noted that it was wrong for pharmacists to register pharmacies and employ the services of unqualified persons to man the pharmacy. According to him, the idea of pharmacists overseeing the affairs of a pharmacy by proxy was unprofessional for licensed pharmacists. He urged the Young Pharmacists Group to put an end to the trend that their older colleagues have been practising.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized fake medical devices, cosmetics, expired drugs and empty labels worth N5.804 million at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. NAFDAC’s Airport Head, John Okwori, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Enugu on Tuesday. Mr Okwori said that the seized fake products included unregistered and unlabeled blood glucose test strips unbranded from China to be possibly labelled in Nigeria and sold as imported original brand. He noted that other items confiscated were herbal skin doctor massage cream for stretch marks, which had no NAFDAC registration number and was equally imported from China. According to him, the agency also seized empty PVC cosmetic packaging containers for counterfeiting regist
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Sunday called on the Federal Government to establish a national institute for the promotion of herbal medicine in Nigeria. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye made the call in an interview with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He explained that traditional medicine was too important to be ignored in the healing process and promotion of healthy living. She said that several meetings had been held with stakeholders on how to promote herbal medicine in the country. “Government should support the idea to establish a National Institute of Science that will conduct researches for the benefit of humanity. “The approved herbal products do undergo limited testing due to inade