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
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