The Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administrat ion and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii has disclosed that the agency had confiscated drugs worth more than N5 billion in the last two months.
Orhii, made the disclosure in Akure yesterday at the 37th International Confernce and Annual General Meeting of the association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) where he was honoured with an excellence award for effectively tackling the fake drugs scourge and also placing Nigeria on the global map as a country producing very reliable drugs fit for both export and local use.
He said that the confiscated drugs, including 244 containers of viagra products which could cause instant heart attack, were waiting to be destroyed in the agency’s laboratory in Oshodi, Lagos.
The NAFDAC boss, who sounded a note of warning to people dealing in the illegal business, pledged that the agency would not relent in its fight against “these enemies of the society”.
He said, however, that the introduction of cutting-edge technology in combating sharp practices in the health care industry had drastically reduced the influx of counterfeit and fake drugs in the country arguing that NAFDAC had, in recent years, taken its campaigns against counterfeit drugs to the international arena and employed technologies locally in fighting the battle.
“We are the first regulatory agency in the world to employ the use of TRUSCAN (a hand held device) which, within one minute, detects the genuineness or otherwise of a medicine. This has significantly boosted our capacity for post marketing surveillance, “ he said.
He added that the introduction of Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) had provided a unique and secure authentication platform for medicines.
According to him, MAS has put the detection of counterfeit medicines in the hands of over 100 million mobile phone users in the country.
The award recipient explained that all anti-malaria and antibiotics sold in the country now have unique PIN numbers which are revealed when the MAS panels are scratched.
In his goodwill message, the governor of Ondo state, Dr.Olusegun Mimiko called on members of AGPMPN to collaborate with the state government in the provision of maternal and child health services.
According to Mimiko, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Kola Ademujimi this would reduce maternal and child mortality to the barest minimum.
PUBLISHED: MARCH 21, 2015. By The Sun
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