We’re committed to safeguarding Nigerians’ health - NAFDAC DG

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is committed to safeguarding the health of Nigerians through proper monitoring of sales of drugs in the markets.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye [First Reports Online]

Adeyeye said: “NAFDAC will ensure it safeguard the health of the nation by ensuring that whatever product bought from any of its regulated products is of high quality.

“There was an instance of an elderly person that used anti-malaria tablet and the person could not walk.

“Then, I asked if the person had stroke, but they said No; very likely, it is linked to a falsify medicine.”

Adeyeye said NAFDAC’s job was to ensure consumers have confidence when they go out to buy medicine, adding that it was 24/7 activities revolving around ensuring consumers’ confidence.

According to her, a lot of our products here in Nigeria comes from China and India and we have agent, we call it “Clean Report Inspection Analyst Agent (CRIA)’’.

She said that CRIA was saddled with the responsibility of testing drugs coming into Nigeria before they left the shores of those countries.

“What we did in September 2019 was to go to India and China, and the plan was to meet with the CRIA, but we change our modules-operandi, because their CRIA have some plans they used under them.

“We conclude that we were going to be dealing with personality, meet persons to persons and laboratories.

“There are some laboratories in India and China which may not have the capacity to test one product or the other or to perform a test.

“We usually do series of test, and they will claim they have done it.

“I read a riot act to them that you cannot be shipping drugs to our country to kill our people.

“We have an agreement with CRIA, and we will break up the agreement, if they cannot perform,’’ Adeyeye said.

The NAFDAC chief said not all the manufacturers were compromising standard, pointing out that only one or two agents were compromising standard.

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