All open drugs markets in Nigeria shall be permanently shut down by December 31, 2018 as drug Coordinating Wholesale Centres nationwide shall be introduced to check the menace of falsified medical products in the country. This directive was affirmed by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole.
The Minister of health made this assertion during a stakeholders’ workshop organised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on ‘The prevention, Detection and Response of Substandard and Falsified medical Products’ in Lagos.
He said the new measures were designed to allow drugs to be sourced directly from importers or manufacturers down to the end users instead of buying drugs from the open drug markets adding that Federal Ministry of Health had developed the National Drug Distribution Guidelines, (NDDG) in 2012 to address the unsatisfactory chaotic drug distribution system of the country.
“Medicine is an important component of healthcare delivery service and without the infusion of medicines; the health care service delivery system of a nation is sterile.
“A good-quality medicine supply system is essential for healthcare delivery. There is a special need to prevent therapeutic drug falsification in order to safeguard against health and maintain trust in healthcare system. The overall scale of trading in medicine and the resultant harm done to global health has not been adequately accessed,” he said.