NAFDAC debunks report of 70% fake drugs in Nigerian market

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has denied reports that 70% of drugs in the country are fake and described such information as false and misleading.

NAFDAC spokesperson Abubakar Jimoh reacting to the report said the statement from the acclaimed expert was displeasing and false.

Jimoh explained that the report was just a mere statement without referring it to a particular study or research work.

An economist and financial services advisory leader of Project Blue PWC Nigeria, Andrew Nevin, in a keynote address at a conference by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Umuahia recently said 70 per cent of drugs in Nigeria are fake.

Jimoh explained that the fight against counterfeit drugs had been heightened from 2001 to date and had led to a drastic reduction in fake drugs in the market.

Jimoh added that in 2014 the result of a study by NAFDAC in conjunction with United State of Pharmacopia (USP) showed that the country only had 3.6 per cent of fake anti malaria drugs in the market.

He said that the result of a research work on fake drugs between his agency and USP conducted in 2017 were being awaited.

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