This Week’s Intellectual Property Quotes! (November 5 – 10, 2017)

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Below are this week’s intellectual property quotes.  The quotes highlight the need to ensure that high quality medicines are available to all patients as well as the role agencies such as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), play in certifying products in Nigeria.


“At a global level, we are witnessing more pharmaceutical companies becoming certified by the World Health Organisation, and thus authorized to export pharmaceutical products. This will impact Nigeria’s market, as the number of pharmaceutical firms in the economy will grow. In Nigeria, the commercial side of the industry is obviously small compared to Europe and the US, but there is a commitment to providing high-quality medicines to all patients”…Mark Wagstaff, Country Manager West Africa, Pfizer | Oxford Business Group Interview


“I am worried at the use of herbal drugs. NAFDAC has not helped matters also. It is amazing to see different concoctions with label from NAFDAC and to an average Nigerian, once you see NAFDAC number on a product, it means a seal of authority”…Governor Okezie Ikpeazu  | 90th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)


“[NAFDAC] is currently implementing no fee charge for inspection, laboratory analysis and export licence when exporting products. NAFDAC recently established Sma  ll Business Support Desk to guide small businesses, including agro-allied products exporters on how to achieve this with ease in line with the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. This is to ensure that the agro-allied products meant for export from the country get NAFDAC certification from our internationally accredited and standardised laboratories in order for the product to gain quick international acceptance”… Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, Director of Special Duties, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control


 “…the world seems to have run out of original story ideas, many hide under the excuse of institutional censorship. If you have any story to tell, tell it, and don’t be afraid”…Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)



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