NAFDAC to fight counterfeiting with more technologies – Official

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday said it would introduce more technologies to check drug counterfeiting in the country. Its Director of Special Duties, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, made this known in in Abuja.

Jimoh said the only way to defeat modern counterfeiters is to make use of technology as it is being done in other countries.

He added that NAFDAC has concluded arrangements to experiment the use of some technologies like black gold and the track and trace devices used in other countries to check activities of counterfeiters.

He said “in the past, we used to take samples of drugs to laboratories, which usually took two to three weeks before the result could be out. This usually raises concern or suspicion from drug dealers who sometimes accuse NAFDAC of manipulating such results but now, results of tests from new technologies are known immediately.”

Jimoh, who is also the agency’s spokesperson, said that in 2010, a hand held device known as truscan and anti-mobile authentication technology services were introduced by NAFDAC to detect fake drugs.

Jimoh said NAFDAC had also concluded arrangements to rehabilitate and upgrade its laboratories across the country this year to effectively deliver its mandate.