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NAFDAC- Fights Counterfeit, Substandard Products And Threat To Health

NAFDAC-The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians against use of counterfeit, substandard products.Counterfeit and substandard products are not only harmful to human health but at the same time they remain an hindrance to the growth and productivity of human cells in the body.

The coordinator for Nafdac in kebbi state  Mr Muyiddin Suleiman,  gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Friday. He, however, said that counterfeit and substandard chemicals and drugs were not commonly found in Kebbi in view of the fact that the state was not a huge market for medicine, yet its effects was encompassing.

The coordinator explained that based on their experiences during surveillances in the neighbourhood, they didn’t have much problems of counterfeit products.

On how the agency gather intiligence, Suleiman said they usually receive alerts and communications from companies through their headquarters and sometimes from international organisations.

“Because the problem of counterfeit and substandard product is not just a Nigerian problem but a global challenge.

“So, as a regulatory agency we receive alerts from manufacturers through our agency and when we receive such we work on it.

“More often than not, probably because of the factor I have told you earlier, Kebbi is not a huge market for drugs, most of the time we don’t come across this problem,” he said.

The coordinator also said that the agency was always on the field for regular checks to ensure that substandard products were not in circulation within the society.

He made proper sure  that even if those with ill-will against Nigerians smuggled it into the society, they would be discouraged because they would not have market for it. “whenever and however we come across  such counterfeit drugs, we don’t only remove them but we investigate the source and report to the appropriate quoters who now take investigative actions and when established, they will take punitive action.

Every society has deviants and people who derive pleasure in making people to cry, recently we have an alert of counterfeit amoxicillin claflanic combination capsules which is commonly called augmentin in circulation. In all the  seven [7]  local government areas of Kebbi that we have inveatigated so far, we found this drug in only one shop and the marketer claimed ignorance about the product, that the product looked like the original and didn’t suspect, we are still investigating,” he assured.

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