Drug agency destroys fake products worth N75M

By Gloria Essien, Abuja

The National Agency for Food Drug Administrative and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed fake and unwholesome regulated products worth over 75 million Naira in Abuja.

The Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni said that there has been a reduction in the circulation of fake products in Nigeria.

According to her, over 120 million Naira worth of goods were destroyed in 2014 and the figure has been reduced to 75 million Naira this year.

Surveillance activities
Mrs Oni said that the reduction in the figure was an indication of NAFDAC’s enforcement and surveillance activities nationwide.

“We are optimistic that in the near future we would have little or nothing to destroy as we work towards ensuring availability of good quality, efficacious, safe and affordable medicines and wholesome regulated products to the Nigerian populace,” she stated.

Facing the law
The acting DG however noted that even though the violators adopt strategies to evade arrest, NAFDAC would ensure that the culprit face the full wrath of the law.

She further solicited for the support of the general public, the security agencies and other regulatory bodies in safeguarding the health of the nation.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Binta Bello said that the destruction exercise was one of the regulatory functions of NAFDAC.

According to her, the measure should serve as deterrent to violators of NAFDAC regulations.

Mrs Bello further advised  the regulatory body to continue to live up to its responsibility of safeguarding the health of the nation.

“Drug counterfeiting is a global problem which is associated with serious public health and socio economic consequences,’’ she added.

Mercy Chukwudiebere