NAFDAC destroys expired drugs, products in Nasarawa
By Olukayode Babalola
Lafia, Jan. 17, 2019 (NNN) The National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed substandard, falsified and expired drugs and other related products worth N400 million in Nasarawa State.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, made this known at the site of the destruction in Lafia on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the exercise is a North Central Zonal programme comprising of all states in the North Central Zone of the country.
Represented by Mr Abubakar Jimoh, the Director of Special Duties, Adeyeye said the products destroyed were made up of substandard and falsified medical products, unwholesome processed food products, cosmetics and other counterfeit unsafe NAFDAC products seized by the agency from manufacturers, importers and distributors in the North Central zone of the country.
“Also expired drugs voluntarily handed over by compliant companies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), trade unions, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and National Association of Proprietary and Patent Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED) are included in this exercise,” she said.
According to the NAFDAC boss, the estimated value of the products destroyed is N400 million comprising drugs such as antibiotics, antihypertensive, antimalarial, herbal remedies, psychoactive and controlled substances.
“Others include foods such as spaghetti, vegetable oil, non-alcoholic beverages, sachet water, etc. Cosmetics products include creams, pomade, etc, while chemicals include fake insecticides.
“The public destruction of these products will no doubt eliminate the risk of their reintroduction into the Nigeria market,’’ she said.
She said the counterfeiting of drugs and other products was an act of economic sabotage that also represents a serious threat to public health hence the importance given to the destruction of the products mopped from various sources.
“The present management of NAFDAC has taken proactive approach towards tackling this challenge. The engagement of political, traditional and religious leaders in sensitising their members, subjects and congregation, respectively, on the dangers of drug and substance abuse particularly in Northern geopolitical zones of the country is yielding tremendous results,” she said.
She added that the agency would continue to aggressively pursue the goal that only genuine medicines and wholesome foods of the right qualities are imported, exported, manufactured and distributed.
“The destruction of these items today is a testimony of our resolve to safeguard the health of our nation. I can assure you that NAFDAC is doing everything to ensure that right quality medicines and wholesome foods are sold to Nigerians,” she said.
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, represented by Hajiya Halima Jibrin, the state Commissioner for Lands and Physical Planning, commended NAFDAC for the effort put in by the agency to rid the country of fake products.
He said his administration would always approve destruction exercise in the state and support the agency in its efforts because the activities of the agency had to do with the lives of residents of the state.
“I commend NAFDAC for the good work done in the state and urge the agency to intensity efforts in mopping out fake, expired drugs and foods,” he said.
Mrs Abayomi Bolaji, NAFDAC North Central Zonal Director, said the N400 million worth of drugs been destroyed were mopped up from the six states in the north central zone with some willingly donated by some stakeholders and manufacturers.
“I appreciate the Nasarawa State Government for giving us the opportunity to hold the exercise in the state. I want to assure everyone that NAFDAC is committed to ensure that only safe, quality and standard drugs, food and wholesome products are produced and distributed in our society,” she said.
Mr Bulus Mshelia, the state Director of NAFDAC, called for stronger ties between NAFDAC and sister agencies so as to effectively rid the state and the country at large of fake products. (NNN)
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola
NAFDAC harps on need to promote local manufacturers
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has restated the need for Nigeria to promote local manufacturing sector.
The Director General of the NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made this assertion at a news conference to commemorate the launch of palliatives for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) on Friday in Abuja.
According to her, the launch of the palliatives for MSMEs is as a result of the agency’s drive to promote the country’s economy and to cushion the effect of the present hard times on the sector.
“We did this because times are hard and people are faced with many challenges, this is an opportunity for us to look inward and support the country through MSMEs
“This is one of the reasons we are focusing on MSMEs.
“Today mark what we are going to do for the next 90 days, the first 200 micro small businesses will get the opportunity to register free,” she said.
Adeyeye said that the agency had also reduced the fees for registration by 80 per cent for companies that had already established but are yet to renew their licenses.
She said that the fines on those companies that had already registered but yet to renew their licences would also be waived to encourage growth.
She expressed concerns that Nigeria depends so much on foreign goods.
She said Nigeria should look inward and improve on its local production of the citizens essential needs instead of relying on foreign goods.
“We need to wake up and do what we are supposed to do, that means, less dependence on other countries, if we can learn this lesson, COVID-19 will be a blessing
Adeyeye commended the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria and Ministry of Finance for seeing the need to pay more attention to local industries.
She also said that there has not been any vaccine yet both home and abroad to cure the virus, adding that effort is ongoing in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany to secure vaccines for it.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide (NAN)
COVID-19: NAFDAC warns against use of Chloroquine
“Nobody should buy Chloroquine and use. If you have COVID-19, go to a doctor. We have warned Nigerians and shall do that again. Do not take Chloroquine,” Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s Director General, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.
“The delay in approving some of the drugs for treatment of the virus is because of the clinical trials the agency is carrying out on them.
“So far, no group or individual has proffered any solution to the treatment or management of the pandemic,” she said.
”Clinical trial is not a thing one can handle casually; it requires guidance, supervision and experiment before approval so that it will not cause further damage.
“The trial is to determine whether it is actually working or not, after a sustained observation. NAFDAC is supposed to be the centre of the regulation of clinical trial effects.
“Nobody can do any job of clinical trial in the clinic or anywhere without passing through NAFDAC protocol.
”If such protocol is found defective or tend to compromise the health of Nigerians, we will not approve it,’’ she said.
She said that the agency must also ensure that all the procedure used in arriving at their experimental processes for the cure or curtailment of COVID-19 must be submitted with relevant proof.
Adeyeye advised researchers and traditional medical practitioners to follow the normal protocol before the approval of their work for public consumption
COVID-19: NAFDAC DG praises Madagascar, confident of similar breakthrough soon
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has commended Madagascar’s initiative that ensured its herbal remedy for the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We are proud of them (Madagascar). They appreciate what they have. We do not.
“All the herbs they have and are using, we have them. But we do not use them the way they are doing.
“They appreciate their brains and use them. We must do same here if we want to develop as a nation,” she told the News Agency of Nigeria , on Thursday in Abuja.
She regretted that Nigeria had consistently depended on what others were bringing to it, and emphasised the need to look inward for solutions to our concerns.
Adeyeye said that the novel Coronavirus had jolted the country, and challenged those in authority to make the health sector a major priority.
“COVID-19 has slapped us in the face. It has kicked us back and front. We are now facing the stark realities of being insecure.
“There is drug insecurity, medical devices insecurity, test kits insecurity; we have always depended on other nations for everything.
“India, for instance, is not supplying medicals to us again because they are thinking about their own people.
“We have been using Dogonyaro (Neem tree) for ages. Some other African countries have developed their herbal remedies.
“Which one can we claim to have developed in Nigeria? What we are looking for in Madagascar, we may have it in our backyard,’’ the director general said.
According to her, it is time for Nigerians to make use of their talents by looking inward and coming up with something.
Adeyeye, however, called for a policy that would ban importation of drugs and compel Nigerians to look inward and start the development of home made drugs.
“Madagascar has done it. They have looked inward and came up with herbs; Nigeria has over relied on the white for everything,
“Some of us claim to love this country, but we do not. We have good weather, good environment, natural resources, but we are not making good use of them,” she said.
“We must take the health sector serious by showing all sense of responsibility and we must work to stop importation of drugs,’’ the director general said.
The director general also called for investment in research, adding that without it, Nigeria would not move forward in the quest to develop herbal medicine.
“Research is an important ingredient that can create confidentiality agreement between herbal practitioners and NAFDAC.
“Research is important to help us know the content of the herbal mixture we even need to take
“Before COVID-19, we had inaugurated Nigerian Herbal Medicine Product Committee, precisely in March 2019. We have wasted a lot of money and opportunity to develop our herbal medicine and cannot continue that way,” she said.
The director general also called for mutual trust among the herbal practitioners to facilitate inventions in the medical sector.
Edited By: Cecilia Ologunagba and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
COVID-19 pandemic’ll give birth to indigenous pharmaceutical companies – NAFDAC DG
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says the Coronavirus pandemic will give birth to so many indigenous pharmaceutical companies in the country.
Adeyeye said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.
The director general said that God had endowed Nigeria with abundant resources to turn the crisis into great opportunity by manufacturing raw materials for productions of drugs.
“One thing that will come out of COVID-19 is that companies will start manufacturing pharmaceutical ingredients, even if it is one or two.
“Let us start something instead of importing everything; let us invest in our country.
“I am very confident of that because God gave us brains. We go out of this country and most of us in diaspora become stars in different fields,” she said.
Adeyeye emphasised that God had given Nigerians the best brains to transform the country in all the sectors of the economy.
“All we need is to focus on the areas of priority. If government does not focus on education, instructing the university lecturers to prioritise research and development, we may not achieve drug security.
“Also, we need to address the issue of incessant strikes; I am not saying that some of the reasons of going on strike are not genuine, but that is not the way to solve our problems.
“We take planning seriously, so that is the reason why if we want to get there, we have to change our ways,’’ she said.
According to her, Nigeria needs to change its ways and have good development policies.
Adeyeye said that NAFDAC had received applications from people seeking to register their facemasks producing outfits and would treat the applications to support local content.
“We are now testing them in the laboratory to see how safe and thick they are.
“The quality of the materials will determine if it is safe to stop your droplets from getting to somebody else; it is the thickness that matters.
“The quality of the material determines whether is safe or not,’’ she said.
According to her, the important aspect of facemask is that it must protect the user from getting droplets out or inhaling any.
“So, it is the thickness that matters for the general population. The thickness should stop droplets from getting out of the user’s system.
“Also, the materials should be soft enough not to irritate the user,” she said.
COVID-19: NAFDAC plans ahead, targets strong health sector after pandemic
As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says it is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to address drug insecurity in the country.
“We are working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to address drug insecurity in the country; that is part of our post–COVID-19 plan to revamp the heath sector,” Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.
She said that the agency had been meeting with relevant stakeholders to achieve the feat.
Adeyeye said the agency had started working on the production of herbal medicine since March 2019.
“As soon as I came in as the DG, I started singing it everywhere I go that we have drug insecurity.
“If you manufacture 30 per cent of your drugs locally and import 70, you have made your nation a slave to the country that is supplying.
“India also stopped their own supplies because they want to conserve. It left us stranded, but the pandemic lingers on,’’ she said.
According to her, the agency met with the CBN governor two months ago to address challenges facing the sector.
“We have had series of meeting and NAFDAC is the go-between now.
“We had a meeting last Saturday, so part of what the government has realised is that the health sector has been neglected.
“We have realised that we have to take care of some aspects of the health sector.’’
The director general said that the Federal Government had been responding by allocating N100 billon to qualified pharmaceutical manufacturing companies for production of indigenous drugs.
“We left industrialisation decades ago but we are going back to where we came; the government is supporting and more companies are getting approval.’’
Adeyeye emphasised that Nigeria’s over-dependence on medicine importation had affected production of locally made drugs.
She said that the lack of accessible raw materials had also posed similar challenge, adding that the challenge needed to be tackled before Nigeria can attain a state of drug security.
“We should wake up as a country; we import alcohol, one of the ingredients for sanitisers. We cannot continue like this,” he said.
COVID-19: NAFDAC committed to supporting treatment initiatives–DG
The Director General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
She said that the platform had brought together manufacturers, academics, researchers and relevant stakeholders by bridging the gap created between traditional medicine practitioners and drug manufacturers.
“This collaboration brokered by the agency aims at translating research of herbs into products of commerce with proven safety and efficacy.
“The committee has met three times since inception, on March 15, Sept. 6, 2019 and the most recent one being a virtual meeting on Thursday, May 8, 2020.
“Call for expression of interest for the COVID-19 related medicines was made; several researchers and practitioners have responded and are being guided to submit such medicines to NAFDAC for expedited review.
“The agency continues to encourage all stakeholders to present the products of their research findings and allow these remedies go through internationally recognised process of approval,” she said.
The director general added that NAFDAC, as an agency with the mandate to regulate the conduct of clinical trials in the country, was committed to encouraging sponsors with appropriate guidance for effective intervention to treat or prevent COVID-19.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Group wants NAFDAC begin investigations into local claims for COVID-19 remedies
A non-governmental organisation, Movement for Fundamental Change, has called on the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to begin investigations into local claims for the treatment of novel coronavirus.
The Head of Policy Positions of the organisation, Chief Martin Onovo, made the call in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
He said that Madagascar, Ghana and Senegal had all shown remarkable capacity to contain COVID-19 with local remedies.
Onovo said that Nigeria should list such claims if found useful.
“These claims include Pax Herbal’s CVD Plus, the Ooni of Ife’s remedies, Prof. Maurice Iwu’s product and Ben Amodu’s drug.
Onovo said that successful products from Nigeria would establish another source of foreign exchange ‘in this period of low crude oil prices’.
He said that Madagascar had not recorded any COVID-19-related death, adding that the mortality rate in Ghana was only 0.6 per cent because the people were using local remedies to fight the virus.
Onovo said that COVID-19 was not death sentence and could easily be prevented and cured.
The directive is contained in a circular entitled, “Formulation of A Phyto Medicine-Based Cough Mixture /Syrup For the Management of COVID-19 Patients”.
It was issued by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi.
It said that the formulation was the brainchild of the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Department.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
NAFDAC disassociates itself from PAXHERBAL claim on drug for treatment of COVID-19
PAXHERBAL is a clinic and a research laboratory, also known as Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratory, a Nigerian alternative medicine product manufacturing company.
It had issued an advertorial to the public titled: “An official statement by Pax herbal on the treatment of COVID-19”.
The advertorial claimed that Pax herbal Clinic has developed a new drug called: PAX CVD PLUS for the treatment of COVID-19, and that the laboratory is working with NAFDAC to speed up approval for the use of the drugs.
The advertorial was also alleged to have claimed that NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has appointed experts to work with Paxherbal on what the laboratory described as a special project.
Meanwhile, in a statement obtained by News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday, NAFDAC DG refuted the collaboration, adding that the laboratory was yet to be registered with the agency or listed for the treatment of COVID-19.
“The attention of the Agency has been drawn to an advertorial from Paxherbal clinic and research laboratories, NAFDAC wishes to inform the public that PAX CVD PLUS has not been registered nor listed for treatment of COVID-19.
“To set the records straight, at no time did the DG or anyone in the agency appoint any expert or staff to work with Paxherbal on any project.
“The Agency politely declined since as a regulator of clinical trials, participation would be a conflict of interest.
“However, we encouraged them to carry out clinical trials which should be under strict supervision of the agency to establish efficacy of their product.
“However, the clinical trial has not taken place,” NAFDAC said.
According to the agency, it was unfortunate that PAXHERBAL have made claims that were not backed up by facts and this response was intended to correct the erroneous impression created by the advertorial.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide (NAN)
No approved drug, vaccine for COVID-19 yet — NAFDAC
“To put the record straight, no drugs or vaccines have been given approval in the country for cure of COVID-19.
“While the medical researchers globally, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Health Organisation (WHO), are working tirelessly on the discovery of vaccines and drugs to cure COVID-19, the agency urges the public to desist from making unsubstantial claims.
“NAFDAC is the only authority in the country to grant approval to such drugs and vaccines,” Adeyeye said.
She said that NAFDAC would continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to safeguard the health of Nigerians and that in the event of any approved drug or vaccine for the cure of COVID-19, the agency would not hesitate to inform the public.
Adeyeye, however, advised Nigerians to comply strictly with measures issued by NCDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, adding that these include the use of face covering masks, social distancing, washing of hands and use of alcohol based sanitisers.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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- Bierhoff suggests playing next UEFA Nations League as mini-tournament
- Senate confirms 37 nominees for appointment in Federal Character Commission
- Killing of unarmed black man in United States condemned in Africa
- Police nab 4 suspected motorcycle thieves in Anambra
- Nepal sees highest daily spike of COVID-19 cases as total surpasses 2,000
- Britain urges China to step back on Hong Kong security law