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NAFDAC Vows To Reduce Counterfeit Drugs , Unwholesome Food To Barest Minimum

NAFDAC vows to reduce counterfeit drugs, food to barest minimum - Blueprint Newspapers LimitedThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating the menace of counterfeit drugs and unwholesome products from the Nigerian market.
In response to recent negative press concerning the activities of fake drug manufacturers and sellers of substandard food and beverages, NAFDAC is intensifying efforts to ensure the safety of drugs and food consumed by Nigerians.
The agency, led by Director-General Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stands resolute against a campaign of calumny launched by those who seek to profit at the expense of the well-being of fellow citizens.
According to a press statement by Sayo Akintola , Resident Media Consultant ,  NAFDAC, the recent exposure of a cartel involved in the production of fake wines and soft drinks in Aba, Abia State, underscores the gravity of the situation.
Prof. Adeyeye clarified that NAFDAC brought the activities of these nefarious individuals to the public’s attention to safeguard citizens during the Yuletide festivities, cautioning against consuming potentially harmful substances disguised as cheap wines and soft drinks.
The Director-General expressed dismay at the uncomplimentary commentaries in the media, highlighting the interception of counterfeiters in Eziukwu Market, Aba, as an example of NAFDAC’s commitment.
She emphasized that the agency would not be deterred by unfounded allegations, urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities.
Prof. Adeyeye disclosed that officers from the Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) and Pharmacovigilance and Post Marketing Surveillance Directorates have been empowered to apprehend those involved in the production and distribution of counterfeit drugs and substandard food items.
Despite numerous life-threatening encounters and attacks on NAFDAC officers, Prof. Adeyeye assured that the agency remains undeterred in its mission to  safeguard the health of Nigerians.
 She urged citizens to assist by providing useful information on the activities of counterfeiters, emphasizing, “They live and operate in our midst. We should say something when we see something.”
Calling for the support of the 10th National Assembly, Prof. Adeyeye appealed for the expedited review of penalties against counterfeiting. She argued that stiff penalties, without an option of a fine, would discourage perpetrators from engaging in such illicit trades.
NAFDAC, having achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification and World Health Organization (WHO) Maturity Level 3, continues in its efforts to combat the scourge of substandard medicines.
Prof. Adeyeye pledged that the agency would persist with sensitization activities across the country in the New Year, ensuring Nigerians are aware of the threats posed by counterfeit products.
Prof. Adeyeye urged consumers to scrutinize branded drinks or drugs before consumption. NAFDAC advises the public to consider the “4 Ps” before purchasing drugs, food, drinks, or alcohol:
Place: Buy only NAFDAC-registered  drug and food products from reputable and licensed pharmacies, retailers, bars, and supermarkets.
Price: Be cautious of products sold significantly below normal prices or without proper taxes, as they might be fake.
Packaging: Inspect for poor-quality packaging, spelling mistakes, and unusual bottle shapes. Check for the manufacturer’s contact information and address.
Product: Beware of unpleasant smells, as products smelling like paint stripper or nail polish remover may be unsafe.
NAFDAC remains steadfast in its mission to minimize the circulation of counterfeit products, ensuring that Nigerians consume only healthy and safe products.
 The agency encourages the public to report any suspicious activities or illegal production of adulterated products to the nearest NAFDAC office nationwide.
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