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
As ACPN inaugurates new secretariat to boost pharmaceutical practice in communities The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), Ahmed I. Yakasai, has emphasised on adoption and implementation of the prescription policy to effectively rid the country of the menace of drug abuse. He made the submission during the commissioning of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, (ACPN) new National Secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos at the weekend. Yakasai said although the Senate has developed two draft bills for legislation to tackle the increasing drug abuse in the country, that is, the National Drug Control Bill, which according to him seeks interagency collaboration and the mental health bill, that focuses on psychological issues from these drug abuse, there is need fo...
The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakassai has identified sincerity of purpose, political will and proper funding of drug regulatory agencies as major strategies to check drug abuse in the country. Yakassai who spoke at the commissioning of the new Secretariat of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, in Lagos noted that the way out of drug abuse is not only to punish abusers but to have proper control of the drug system. “How do we get these drugs, most of them come through the seaports or land borders. For about nine to 11 years, NAFDAC was removed from all the ports, but of recent, they were asked to return to only the seaports. Still they are not allowed to stay at the land border or at the airport, which means there would s
The GMD/CEO Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd; Dr. Stella C. Okoli, OON has assured Nigerians of Emzor’s continued dedication to providing unlimited wellness to Nigerians. She made this known on Sunday at a press conference which held at the Emzor Headquarters in Lagos. Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke, the Executive Director, General Duties, Human Resources and Finance while speaking to journalists confirmed that the factory that was on lockdown by NAFDAC had been re-opened, and that they received a notification of administrative charges as sanctions. She however, stated that the meeting they had with NAFDAC directors was their first opportunity to know what they were being investigated for as “a documentary alone is not enough basis for the shutdown of a manufacturing site.” Ezeoke went further to state
Unless there is urgent intervention, experts have warned that Nigeria may be building a nation of drug addicts. This is not unconnected with latest reports which show that 3 million bottles of codeine are consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa States. Even the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration of Nigeria, NAFDAC, has expressed worry over uncontrolled use of codeine containing cough syrups across the country. Also just last week, the Medical Director, Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Oluyemisi Ogun, had confirmed a sharp increase in the number of patients with drug-related cases seen at the hospital in recent times. Ogun who spoke at a symposium put together by the Health Writers Association of Nigeria, HEWAN, with the theme: “Emergency Response to Disease Outbreaks: Th
The ACPN National Chairman, Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali has expressed high hopes for the health sector as new NAFDAC Director-General emerges from the pharmaceutical fold. Dr. Alkali made this known at the 2017 Community Pharmacists Education Conference (Lagos State Chapter), which held recently at NECA House, Ikeja. The ACPN National Chairman applauded the decision of the Federal government in appointing Prof. Moji Adeyeye as the new Director–General of NAFDAC, stating that they have appointed a competent person as she is a pharmacist, and “the best person to do the job.” In an interview granted to journalists, Dr. Alkali made his high expectations for the new D.G known. He said that the association has paid her a courtesy call and have rubbed minds with her on what is expected. According
The ACPN National Chairman, Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali has expressed high hopes for the health sector as new NAFDAC Director-General emerges from the pharmaceutical fold. Dr. Alkali made this known at the 2017 Community Pharmacists Education Conference (Lagos State Chapter), which held recently at NECA House, Ikeja. The ACPN National Chairman applauded the decision of the Federal government in appointing Prof. Moji Adeyeye as the new Director–General of NAFDAC, stating that they have appointed a competent person as she is a pharmacist, and “the best person to do the job.” In an interview granted to journalists, Dr. Alkali made his high expectations for the new D.G known. He said that the association has paid her a courtesy call and have rubbed minds with her on what is expected.
The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not licensed any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) based products in the country. The NAFDAC Spokesperson, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja while reacting on speculation that the products have flooded some markets in Nigeria. Jimoh explained that the agency had not given any approval for GMO foods in the country. He said that if any was found in any departmental store or supermarket, such was selling illegally without the consent of NAFDAC. According to him, the Federal Government has created a new agency to regulate GMO based products and the organisation had visited NAFDAC to seek for cooperation. “Hope you are aware that government created
The House of Representatives on Wednesday summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to appear before it to explain likely effects of using plastic containers to package foods and beverages. Also, Yetunde Oni, the acting Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, was summoned to appear before the house. The decision was sequel to a motion by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP) entitled: “Need to Regulate the Use of Bisphenol “A”(BPA) Plastics in the Production of Bottled Water”. Moving the motion, Ogun expressed concern over the effects of drinking water in plastic containers that had been left under the sun or near a heat source, which had been linked to degenerative diseases. He explained that plastics were hydrocarbons obtained from cr
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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
In its continued efforts to rid the nation of fake and unwholesome products, officials of National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, recently raided some drug markets in the country in search of unregistered Teva Amlodipine and Lisinopril currently in circulation in the country. As at press time it could not be confirmed if arrests were made in connection with the operation but a highly placed official of the agency who confirmed the raid said that NAFDAC is determined to flush counterfeiters and merchants of fake drugs out of Nigeria. The source further said that the agency had strengthened its surveillance strategy to monitor activities of counterfeiters in Nigeria adding that hard time awaits those who would be apprehended for promoting fake drugs in the countr...
Recently the National Food Drugs Administration and Control NAFDAC organised a training session during which it introduced advertisers and their agents to their new software (portal). The new software which is made available by ADPRO Consultants is the new mechanism or process being put in place for the effective and proper control of product adverts under the foods and drugs administration for the purpose of registering advertisements, and also making payments. The NAFDAC Advertisement Forum was a brief training session organised to acquaint advertisers with their latest procedures and to ensure strict compliance with the necessary standards and conditions for advert registration and approvals. The forum which took place at the organisation’s (new) Administrative Office in Isolo, was wel
USAID-funded PQM provides technical support to NAFDAC, drug industries on quality assurance, security of medicines supply chain Plans to make Nigeria major pharmaceutical hub for Africa *Why generator fumes are linked to rising cases of cancer, sudden death Dr. Chimezie Anyakora is the Chief of Party for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programme, promoting the Quality of Medicines programme (PQM), which is implemented by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) through a cooperative agreement with USAID. With the USAID support, PQM is working to strengthen health systems in 35 countries across the world. Anyakora in an interview said the PQM programme is providing technical assistance and support to the National Agency for Food Drug Administratio...
SWISS PHARMA, India is a WHO certified pharmaceutical organisation, with over 26 years of manufacturing experience. With global presence in 22 countries spread across five continents, they provide a wide range of speciality products with the expertise of formulating a full range of more than 550, including Oral Solids & Sterile Preparations. Recently the Managing Director Mr. Darshan Shah was in the country on a courtesy visit to friends, and associates in the pharmaceutical industry. Here in a chart with the crew of Pharma Times, the Editor - MORGAN NWANGUMA and Staff Reporter – VICTORIA HARUNA, he paints a vivid picture of his company’s partnering approach to doing business with Nigerians. What business brings you to Nigeria?