The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in sustaining its fight against product counterfeiting, has awakened international consciousness that Nigeria is no longer a dumping ground for fake and substandard products.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, made this assertion during the inauguration of Cross River State’s NAFDAC Local Government Desk Officers in Calabar. The Director General who was represented by NAFDAC Coordinator in the state; Mr. Kayode Fagboyo, observed that NAFDAC activities has led to increase in production capacities of many local pharmaceutical industries.
In a statement signed by Mr. Cyril Monye, Public Relations Officer of NAFDAC, South-South Zone, Port Harcourt, it pointed out that “NAFDAC is spearheading global efforts in the fight against fake drugs via the use of Truscan, a hand held devise to detect counterfeit medicines on the spot, adding that NAFDAC is also running a pilot mobile anti-counterfeiting system which uses SMS technology to put the power of detecting counterfeits in the hands of the consumers.
“There is continuous upward movement in the share prices of the pharmaceutical companies quoted in the Stock Exchange and many multinational pharmaceutical companies are coming back to Nigeria as a result of improved regulatory environment,” the statement noted, adding that the confidence level of made-in-Nigeria products has greatly increased.
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