DG, NAFDAC debunk news that 70 percent of medicines in Nigeria are fake

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The Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has Mrs Adeyeye said that government was already working on the reimbursement plan, adding that the agency is working round the clock to stem the manufacturing, distribution and use of substandard and fake drugs in the country.

“We are working on whatever the Ministry of Health is doing now to reimburse those companies affected. We just called a meeting about last two weeks on it.

“… they will be reimbursed because most of them legally produce the product in spite of the bad distribution channels.

“In tackling fake and substandard products, we do raids and many a time, our staffs don’t sleep, they keep vigil, mainly to intercept those drugs in concert with the Nigerian Customs Service.

“We are also working with the local manufacturers to make sure that their products attain the international standard,”she said.debunked a newspaper report that 70% of medicines in Nigeria are fake drugs.

While Moji Adeyeye was disclosing this on Monday at a news conference in Lagos, she also announced that the Federal Government has concluded plans to compensate manufacturers of codeine-based cough syrup who had their products withdrawn from circulation in the wake of the 2018 BBC documentary about the nationwide abuse of the drug.
Thus, she said that more than N1 billion will be paid as compensation to the companies that had their codeine impounded more than a year ago.
“It is about a year ago when the documentary about codeine was made which led to the Ministry of Health banning the product.
“Since that time, we have been having series of meeting with many government agencies and committees such as National Security Adviser group, the Presidency and the Ministry of Health.
“The final point is that we recalled about 2.5 million bottles of codeine and then put them on hold. This is sad because some companies did not commit the crime.
“So we put all the codeine on hold including the powder that they are using to the syrup. It will cost about N1 billion plus to reimburse these manufacturers,”
 she said.
However, Mrs Adeyeye said that government was already working on the reimbursement plan, adding that the agency is working round the clock to stem the manufacturing, distribution and use of substandard and fake drugs in the country.
“We are working on whatever the Ministry of Health is doing now to reimburse those companies affected. We just called a meeting about last two weeks on it.
“… they will be reimbursed because most of them legally produce the product in spite of the bad distribution channels.
“In tackling fake and substandard products, we do raids and many a time, our staffs don’t sleep, they keep vigil, mainly to intercept those drugs in concert with the Nigerian Customs Service.
“We are also working with the local manufacturers to make sure that their products attain the international standard,”
she said.

 

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