Fake Anti-Malaria Drugs Reduced To 4% In Nigeria- NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been scored high in its fight against counterfeit drugs as a nationwide survey of the quality of anti-malaria medicines in Nigeria revealed a drastic reduction of counterfeit anti-malaria drugs from 19.6% in 2012 to 3.6% in 2015.
The national survey on the quality of anti-malaria medicines which was conducted in six geo-political zones in the country was jointly undertaken by the National Malaria Elimination Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health and NAFDAC with the funding support of the United States Pharmacopeia and USAID.

Speaking on the development, the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute, expressed delight over the feat, saying it is coming at a time the health sector has recorded a lot of successes and is now focusing on elimination of malaria in the country.

The permanent secretary, represented by the director, Public Health in the ministry, Dr Bridget Okoeguale, added that key among these successes is the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) certification of NAFDAC’s drug laboratory.

He said this was made possible with the generous support of the US government through Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) programme implemented by the United States Pharmacopeia.


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