Nigeria’s food and drug regulatory agency, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has begun moves to tighten the noose on fake drug dealers in Nigeria.
One of such moves disclosed by the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, is the deployment of equipment that would facilitate speedy perusal of imported drugs and food for fakes at all ports of entry to Nigeria.
The agency is also building large warehouses where imported and locally produced drugs would be collected for testing and certification before being released for consumption.
Orhii, who disclosed this when he visited the corporate headquarters of Independent Newspapers Limited at Ogba, Lagos, said the aim is to drastically reduce loss in income for the importers as a result of delays due to NAFDAC inspection at the ports.
"We are acquiring equipment that could detect fake drugs in very fast speed to be installed at all ports. This will definitely reduce money loss for the importers and by implication reducing their tendency to adulterate the products they are marketing in Nigeria because it is in an attempt to survive that most people go into unscrupulous activities," the NAFDAC DG said.
He also said the agency would be device ways of encouraging local manufacturers of drugs in the country just as it has entered a partnership with the Food and Drug Authority of the United States, FDA.
According to Orhii, the partnership has started working as experts from FDA were recently in Nigeria to collect samples of My Pikin, the teething mixture that has claimed the lives of over 80 children across various parts of Nigeria.
"We (NAFDAC) will be working with FDA beginning now to forestall food and drug related calamities in future. We hope that the partnership will also help us respond quickly to similar situation too," he said.