The need to fight counterfeit drugs cannot be negotiated as it has negative impact on health and well being of all consumers. Nasarawa state government has taken a giant step by collaborating with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) to use TruScan technology, a hand-held device introduced by NAFDAC to detect counterfeiting medicines on the spot in minutes to fight counterfeit drugs in the state.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of Nasarawa state Ministry of Health, Mallam Ishaku Abari, at a one day sensitization workshop organised by PCN on continuing Professional Development Education Program for Pharmacist Technicians practicing in Nasarawa state.
Mallam Ishaku Abari stated that the TruScan technology would yield results in combating counterfeiting through field based screening of pharmaceutical samples to quickly and accurately identify counterfeit drug via the device. He also called for speedy setting up of Mega Drug Distribution Centers (MDDCs) in the state to eradicate counterfeits.
The Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the state Ministry of Health stated:
“the bottom line is to mobilize support and collaboration of all stakeholders to strengthen on our efforts to expand our existing systems against counterfeiters. That is why the Nasarawa state government is collaborating with PSN and NAFDAC to make use of TruScan to fight counterfeit drugs in the state”.
In reaction, the Nasarawa state PSN Chairman Pharm. Abdulmalik Usman, said PSN is involved in the workshop to bridge the gap between pharmacists and pharmacist technicians in the state as the technicians have a broaden work base in pharmaceutical industries, education and research training institutes and community pharmacies among others.