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Acting Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Mrs. Yetunde Oni has stressed the determination of the agency to rid the country of spurious, substandard, falsified and falsely- labeled and counterfeit medical products and food. She disclosed this at the weekend during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. According to her, the visit is part of efforts to enrich the existing relationship between the agency and her stakeholders in the state adding that the task of safe guarding the health of the nation, which is the key mandate of NAFDAC, is one task that NAFDAC cannot accomplish alone.

Mrs Oni stressed that the agency is working tirelessly to end the practice of street hawking of drugs and described the culture of patronizing the drug hawkers as a major problem ravaging the state even as she asked the governor to support the agency in its efforts to put an end to the abuse. Although a hawker may claim that he or she has genuine drugs in his or her wares, but whether we like it or not, the drug loses potency because when they are hawked they are not hawked under the right storage condition and so, over time, they loss their potency. They could have been of the right quality at the beginning, but having lost potency, they become substandard products and we don’t want that. Another major challenge facing us today is the upsurge in drug abuse among our youth, who are the future of tomorrow and it is gratifying to note that Kano has taken the lead and is doing a lot in the area of rehabilitating our children who have taken to drugs, she stated.

At NAFDAC, while we are committed to making available control medicine for medicinal and scientific purposes only. We recognized the fact that controlled drugs can be diverted to illicit use and abuse. This is why we need your assistance to intensify surveillance and continuously monitor the supply, distribution chain for transparency and integrity. She further appealed to state government to avail the agency with office accommodation in the headquarters of her two senatorial districts. There is the need for NAFDAC to be established in two other senatorial districts within Kano State. When we have these offices, NAFDAC will be closer to the grassroots to perform our regulatory functions and rid Kano State of the menace of counterfeit and unregulated products, she explained. We have the workforce that could be moved to the places. Kano State will be used as a pilot because what we are doing here today, we are going to replicate in all the states of the Federation, she said.

I pray Your Excellency to look into these problems of lack of office accommodation, lack of operational vehicles to cover the vast terrain of the state and the unfriendly work environment characterized by intimidation and harassment on staff on the job, she said. She also noted that, whether we like it or not, the kind of job we do in NAFDAC is hazardous in nature. Oftentimes, when our people go out, they are attacked because we don’t carry arms. We are not an agency that is allowed to carry arms and so we depend on the support of the police. So we beg you to attach police officers to us. We don’t have that now she noted.  She equally applauded the state government for inaugurating the Kano State Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods adding the successes recorded by task force in cleansing the Kano State drug market is attestation of the determination of the commitment of the state government in ensuring that the people have only the right quality drugs. She, however, regretted that NAFDAC is not included in the task force in the state while appealing that the agency be reinstated into the team to perform its functions and roles along the members of the taskforce.

In his remarks, Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje stressed that there is a need for a strong presence of NAFDAC in the state given the fact that highly populated areas are attractive to illicit drug peddlers. Here in Kano, we constituted a task force, which is working hard and so far, we have destroyed hard and expired illegal drugs worth billions of Naira and also we have inaugurated a Consumer Protection Agency, which is also interested in items that our people consume. I am happy when you announced that you will want to open two offices in two senatorial districts and coincidentally, the headquarters of those senatorial districts are major routes of getting into Kano or going outside Kano to other states of the federation he stated. The North Senatorial District the headquarters is in Bichi and in Bichi is the route for those who are coming from Katsina, from Niger Republic. And the other headquarters is Rano. Rano is the route for those who are coming from Kaduna, Plateau State among others. I believing that by establishing those offices, you are increasing our efforts to control the menace to control the drug peddlers. Drug peddling is an international problem. It is not a problem to Nigeria alone or to Kano State alone. In fact, it is one of the problems of mega cities. Nigeria is trying, but Lagos and Kano, we require a lot of protection. Otherwise we may result into becoming Mexico, he stated.

He pledged to provide the agency with office accommodation in the two senatorial districts and the task force would work close with NAFDAC and urged the agency to avail the Task Force with credible representative. Earlier in the day, the Acting Director of NAFDAC held a meeting with the staff of Agency in the zone. The meeting which was held at the Federal Secretariat in Kano afforded her the opportunity to harp on the agency’s mandate and the need to provide for effective and efficient implementation of the mandate in the state. She appealed to them to imbibe a culture of discipline, sincerity and fair play and to work assiduously for the attainment of the collective goals of the agency. Saying that the time is right to change, she reminded them of the change mantra of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, saying that it is a privilege to be part of the change agents.

A 35 year-old fake drugs manufacturer, Osita Paul Ely has been sentenced to five years imprisonment without option of fine by a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba Delta State. Eli had been standing trail since October 2015 for manufacturing, distribution and sale of fake drugs and other related act in Asaba. He was arrested at his residence in Asaba on 9th September,2016, by operatives of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) following a tip-off where cartons of already produced and packaged fake drugs, machines and other equipment used for the production also recovered before he was handed over to the Police for prosecution. During his arraignment in court last year, Eli had initially pleaded not guilty to a 7-count charge preferred against him, but later admitted guilt during further court proceedings that he indulged in the fake drugs manufacturing business to earn a living and meet his financial demands. Osita Paul Eli, a graduate of economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, had also claimed to be first offender through his counsel, Mr. Emeka Nathaniel Orji and pleaded for his leniency. But the lead prosecuting counsel, Umar Shamaki vehemently opposed the submission and urged the court to sentence the accused in accordance with the law arguing that offence committed by him was grave enough to send him to jail. Shamaki relying on the result of the laboratory analysis of the sampled against the accused which showed that no active ingredient expected in the drugs were presented, insisted that it was clear that the suspect knew what he was doing and at the detriment of public health and so should be sentenced accordingly to serve as deterrent to others as the case has become of public interest. The presiding Judge, Justice Anthony Faji while delivering his ruling, found the accused guilty in all the counts especially as he admitted guilty during cross examination, adding that in view of the evidence, circumstance and the accused's admission to the charges, it was clear that rather than helping to use his knowledge to grow the economy of the country as graduate of Economics he was determined to increase the population of the people in the hospital and the dead at the mortuary. Noting that the accused person abused privileges of education, Justice Faji therefore sentenced him to five years custodian jail without option fine. In his reaction, Shamaki applauded the judgement adding the right message had been sent to other fake drugs manufacturers that there was no safe haven for them to carry out their nefarious activities. 

Minster of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has commended the efforts of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in staying on course with its regulatory functions, especially the provision of the guidelines which serve as an effective tool in ensuring the safety of regulated products.

He stated this at the Public Presentation of NAFDAC Guidelines for Regulatory Activities (2016) which he said were designed to provide a pathway for global competitiveness for players in pharmaceutical and other healthcare sectors.

His words; “these guidelines place a great emphasis on quality, safety and efficacy. Judicious adherence to the provisions outlined therein will assist our stakeholders compete favourably at the global level and attract foreign earnings to Nigeria in line with the diversification efforts of the current government”

Professor Adewole said in achieving self sufficiency, there is an urgent need to promote local manufacturing of essential medicines for Nigerians, and the eradication of counterfeit drugs. He promised to support policies that will not only assist NAFDAC to effectively carry out its regulatory functions, but also enhance the welfare of the staff of the Agency.

Speaking further, the minister reiterated the need for NAFDAC to continue to work in close collaboration with other health Agencies in the country in order to continuously safeguard the health of the public.

The Minister promised the speedy completion of the accreditation process of NAFDAC drug and vaccine laboratories in Yaba, Lagos by World Health Organization, (WHO) in line with the government‘s resolve to ensure self sufficiency and availability of safe and good quality products for Nigerians, and promote economic diversification. 

Earlier, the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni said the scientific nature of the Agency’s operations made it imperative for it to constantly evolve innovative ways that will enhance productivity, aid compliance by stakeholders and make regulatory process seamless between regulators and the regulated.

She said the guidelines provide detailed guidance to assist those handling regulated products to comply with NAFDAC regulations since they spell out details of how the Agency expects regulations to be implemented.

Mrs Oni applauded the collaborative efforts of NAFDAC, WHO, UKaids and PATHS 2 which she said ensured fast and timely completion of the guidelines.

The guidelines include; Good Pharmacovigilance Practice Guidelines 2016, Good Distribution Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Products 2016, Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Products 2016, Good Clinical Practice Guidelines 2016 and Good Practices for Pharmaceutical Quality Control Laboratories Guidelines 2016.

From L- R: Representative of the Minister of Health, Mrs. Beauty Okologu, Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Rtd. Col. Muhammad Abdallah, Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni and the Country Representative of UNODC, Ms Cristina Albertin during the official dissemination of 2015 Annual Report of International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) held at NAFDAC headquarters in Abuja. Click to view/download International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 2015

 

Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni presenting the Agency's public enlightenment materials to the chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC Bar. Ekpo Nta when she paid a courtesy visit on the commission.

Thursday, 18 February 2016 00:00

DR. PAUL ORHII HANDS OVER

Barely 48 hours after his disengagement from office, the immediate past Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has handed over the affairs  of the agency to  the Director of Administration and Human Resources, Mrs. Yetunde Oni who is  now the Acting Director General.

In a brief ceremony at the NAFDAC headquarters in Abuja, Dr. Orhii said he has left behind a robust institution that will outlast any successor.

He stated that with limited resources, the agency had recorded tremendous achievements in terms of infrastructural development, capacity building of both staff and other critical stakeholders as well the use of cutting edge technologies that has positioned the agency as a global leader in the fight against counterfeit regulated products.

Dr. Orhii enjoined the staff to support and cooperate with the incoming Director General to move the Agency to the next level.

Responding, the Acting Director General of NAFDAC,  Mrs Yetunde Oni praised the passion and relentless efforts of Dr. Orhii whom she said worked meritoriously in repositioning the Agency as a leading light in the fight against counterfeit regulated products globally.

She promised to build on the strategies left behind by Dr. Orhii to deliver on the mandate of the agency.

Mrs Oni called on the support and cooperation of staff and challenged them to work tirelessly to sustain the legacies left behind by Dr. Orhii to move the agency to greater heights.

Also speaking, a former Director of Narcotics and Controlled Substances in the Agency, Mr. Hashim Ubale Yusufu noted that NAFDAC under Dr. Orhii had reduced the prevalence of counterfeit antimalarial medicines from 40% in 2009 to 3% in 2015.

It will be recalled that Dr. Orhii assumed office in 2009 until his recent disengagement on February 15 serving out seven years.

ELIGIBILITY

This year’s competition is open to all interested  schools irrespective of the affiliation with NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club programme.

The examination is limited to 2 participants per school (One JSS & One SSS) and a maximum of 50 schools per state on first come first serve basis. The schools that are already participating in the NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club programme in each state of the federation have automatic entries and are inclusive of the 50 schools per State.

FIRST STAGE

DATE: 2nd October – 30th October, 2015

Submission of names of selected candidates by interested schools to NAFDAC State offices Nationwide. 

 

SECOND STAGE

DATE: Saturday 28th November, 2015

Nationwide conduct of State level examination for JSS & SSS Categories: 11:00am

FINAL STAGE

DATE: First/Second Quarter, 2016

  • Best 3 students at the JSS & SSS categories from each geopolitical zone of the country to sit for examination in Abuja to select national winners.
  • Excursion for participants

NATIONAL AWARD CEREMONY & LUNCHEON

DATE:  First/Second Quarter (Tentative)

National Award Ceremony at Shehu Musa Yar-adua conference center

             

PRIZES

Prizes to be awarded to zonal and national winners, their schools and coordinators

 

Additional Information:

  • School coordinators are to obtain information from NAFDAC State coordinators on venue for the State level examination.
  • School coordinators are to ensure that names of selected representatives attending the 2015 examination are forwarded to NAFDAC State office and NOT directly to the NCSC Coordinating office in Abuja.

For further clarification please call: 08066635770; 09098755350 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NCSC…Catching them young for a secured tomorrow.   NAFDAC…. Safeguarding the health of the Nation

Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:42

Recall Of Diclofenac Sandoz 50mg Tablets

The National agency for food and drug administration and control has been notified that the Portuguese National Authority of Medicines and Health products on the 25th of May, 2015 recalled Diclofenac Sandoz 50mg film-coated tablets in presentations of 60 and 10 units. The recalled Diclofenac 50mg film-coated tablets are produced by a Portuguese Company, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The tablet is recalled over wrong specification in the disintegration and dissolution tests.

NAFDAC implores health care providers and the general public to notify the Agency of any information concerning the distribution of the recalled Diclofenac 50mg film-coated tablets via e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NAFDAC…..Safeguarding the health of the Nation.

The agency has been notified of fake STAR and STAR VIP condoms produced by Demapharm. This information was revealed by French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) on the 3rd of June 2015 in Paris.  Condoms are used to prevent pregnancy and to protect against STDs such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. The product STAR and STAR VIP condoms did not comply with specification and is being promoted and sold online and retail outlets.

The agency has been notified of fake STAR and STAR VIP condoms produced by Demapharm. This information was revealed by French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) on the 3rd of June 2015 in Paris.  Condoms are used to prevent pregnancy and to protect against STDs such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. The product STAR and STAR VIP condoms did not comply with specification and is being promoted and sold online and retail outlets.

In view of these, NAFDAC warns family planning experts and consumers to desist from using the fake condoms. The family planning experts and other members of the public are implored to notify the Agency if they come across the distribution of the fake condoms.

NAFDAC………..Safe Guarding the Health of the Nation

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) hereby warns the general public against the consumption of a mercury-tainted frozen Ling fillet produced in New Zealand. The product, marketed as “Frozen ling Fillet” a delicious white fish fillet with a mild flavour, was found to contain mercury at level of 2.2 parts per million (ppm) exceeding the legal limit of 0.5ppm and is indicated to expire on the 24th July, 2016. This information was revealed by the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (CFS) following the importation of the product into Hong Kong by Sun Wah Marine Products (HK) Co.Ltd, Hong Kong. It further revealed that consumption of predatory fish species such as tuna, alfonsino, shark, sword fish, marlin, orange roughly and king mackerel which are the main source of mercury to humans may contain high source which poses high level risk especially to the health of foetus in expectant mothers, infants and young children. It could also affect the nervous system, particularly the developing brain and at high levels can affect vision, hearing, muscle co-ordination and memory in adults. CFS has directed all supermarkets in Hong Kong as well as importers and distributors to stop the sale of the affected brand and recall the product from the market.

In view of the potential health risks associated with the consumption of these products, NAFDAC warns that  “Frozen Ling Fillet” produced in New Zealand should not be consumed.

Wholesalers, retailers and consumers should be proactive in ensuring that such products are brought to NAFDAC if they come across any, and under no circumstances should such product be sold or consumed.

NAFDAC: Safeguarding the health of the Nation.

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