The battle has just began for importers of fake, substandard and unlicensed drugs as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has set forth great measure to counter this menace.
Last week, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said that the battle against bad drugs is a top priority now and has set forth measure to win the battle.
The retired Roosevelt University, U.S., don and a pharmacist, said that tackling the importation of unregistered drugs and other products at the point of entry would be a priority.
The Director General said there is a need to fight hard against unlicensed drugs at the point of entry which is the port. Although, NAFDAC has been stopped from staying in the port, the agency would go there so they can stop unsafe drugs and unregistered products from coming into the country.
“If we don’t deal with them, they will, in turn, harm us, many of the unregistered drugs are substandard, so we need to station our personnel at the ports,’’ she said.
Adeyeye said that if there would be a need to change the existing laws that govern NAFDAC in order for it to fulfill its mandate at safeguarding the health of the nation, it won’t hesitate.