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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control hereby inform the general public that the German Federal Institute of Drug and Medical Devices (BfArM) has alerted National and International authorities on the circulation of counterfeit Petnidan 50mg/ml Syrup in the Turkish markets.

Petnidan Syrup contains ethosuximide which is an anticonvulsant used in the treatment of seizures in patients with epilepsy.

The counterfeit Petnidan 50mg/ml Syrup is marketed by Desitin Arzneimittel GmbH and labeled in German language with batch number X514 and expiry date of October, 2015.

NAFDAC implores the members of the public to be pro-active by ensuring that any information on the counterfeit Petnidan Syrup is reported to the nearest NAFDAC office to enable the Agency take appropriate regulatory action.

NAFDAC…..Safeguarding the health of the Nation.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:05

NAFDAC impounds N270 million fake drugs

In its bid to rid the country of counterfeit drugs, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized more than five containers of suspected fake and unregistered drugs valued N270 million.

The Director – General Dr. Paul Orhii, made this known yesterday during a media briefing on the seized medical products, also paraded two suspects involved in forgery of the agency’s documents and operating illegal production facilities that pose serious threat to public health.

The Director General said that the containers, seized with the assistance of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), were filled with Heregra (120 Mg Tablets), Ziagra (120Mg Tablets),  Tramadol (200 mg Capsules), among others.

He said “Unregistered Ziagra and Heragra brands of sildenafil citrate tablets are usually registered in 25 milligrammes, 50 milligrammes and 100 milligrammes. However, these unregistered products came at strength of 120 milligrammes. Unregistered Tramadol came in as 200 milligrammes quick action and 200 milligrammes. The reference strength for Tramadol is 50 milligrammes, 100 milligrammes and 200 milligrammes (slow release dosage). While sildenafil citrate tablet is a prescription only medication (POM) for managing erectile dysfunction, tramadol is also a POM for managing severe pain and under strict controlin Nigeria. These products have not been tested and certified by NAFDAC. Therefore, their quality and safety are not guaranteed. But for the timely intervention of NAFDAC, they would have found their way into circulation.”

Orhii explained that intake of these products can cause serious side effects, such as chest pain, uncomfortable penile erection, irregular heart-beat, increased blood pressure or stroke, ulceration of the gastro-intestinal tract, death tolerance and dependence. Other side effects of over dose of the products, according to the Director General, include liver disease, kidney disease, swelling of the face, swelling of the tongue and skin disease.

While one suspect was arrested for producing counterfeit kasapreko Alomo Bitters, another was arrested for forgery of the agency’s documents to clear 14 by 40 feet container of paraqua – a highly- toxic weed killer.

Orhii stated that “our operatives recovered 314 cartons of 14 by 750 millimetres of counterfeit Kasapreko Alomo Bitters with empty bottles and packaging materials of popular alcoholic beverages like Mcdowell Whisky and Johnny Walker (Red Label), adding that “the suspect has been operating without due regard to the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and standards of hygiene in the production of the violative products. His actions are inimical to public health.

He added that other “is being investigated for forging NAFDAC e-clearance  payment advice for inspection and certification of 14 by 40 container of paraquat for agricultural use”

The suspect, however, told the media that he was not arrested for adulteration of Alomo Bitters, but for producing “herbal products” adding “I made research before producing them.”

When asked whether he registered the product with NAFDAC, he said “I came to NAFDAC, but my research work was not approved. I could not afford the money NAFDAC was requesting for registration.  

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said it is set to partner with Labiofam, a Cuban-based pharmaceutical company, to promote the adoption of biotechnology for malaria eradication in Nigeria.

NAFDAC’s Director-General, Dr. Paul Orhii, made the disclosure when he received a delegation from the company in Abuja on Monday.

He said the adoption of biotechnology, which used biolarvicides in the eradication of malaria, could boost Federal Government’s planned malaria eradication programme.

The NAFDAC boss said the company was a world leader in the use of biotechnology to manage some of the world’s most disturbing health challenges, stressing that Nigerians would benefit from it immensely.

The NAFDAC boss said, “Cuba is a known leader in biotechnology all over the world, it has demonstrated this leadership in different ramifications.

“Recently, a company called Labiofam introduced to Nigeria the latest in biotechnology in cancer control and management and today, they have indicated interest to partner with us in the eradication of malaria. NAFDAC will look at what the company is introducing and partner with it in the interest of Nigerians; for me, I have no doubt in my mind that this will benefit Nigeria a lot.”

Dr. Orhii said Labiofam would leverage on the successes it had achieved in introducing affordable and convenient means of cancer management in Nigeria to promote its technology for malaria eradication.

He added, “The guarantee of eliminating malaria totally from Nigeria is largely dependent on biotechnology, which kills the larvae that can develop into mosquitoes.”

The leader of the team, Aramis Martinez, told the NAFDAC boss that the company was committed to sharing its expertise in dealing with challenging health issues.

Mr. Martinez, a vector consultant and head of the company’s malaria eradication project in Niger Republic, said the technology had been tested and certified to be suitable for malaria eradication.

He said the technology would assist Nigeria to reduce its malaria burden and related illnesses by introducing the mosquito eradication technology.

The expert assured that the technology, when adopted, would not only be effective but would be most cost effective means of eradicating malaria on a large scale.

The company recently introduced its new technology in cancer management to Nigerians.

The immediate past Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, had hinted Nigeria’s adoption of the biolarvicide technology in the new phase of its National Malaria Programme. 

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested an Indian national for importing and distributing fake and unregistered regulated products into Nigeria.

This was sequel to a special raid and enforcement operation in some markets and locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers state by the Investigation and Enforcement directorate of the Agency from Lagos.

Addressing journalists after the exercise,the leader of the team,Mr. Folorunso Idowu, a Chief Regulatory Officer, said the Indian who gave his name as Mr Prakarsh Mohinani was arrested along with several cartons of unregistered confectionery worth millions of naira following  a tip-off in one of the hotels in Port Harcourt.

Idowu stressed that the confectionery arrested along with the Indian included products such as "Maliange" mushroom pieces and stems used as spices for delicacies such as fried and jollof rice among others.

He revealed that the team also sealed two other shops that were selling fake and unregistered confectioneries which included the "Maliange" mushroom pieces and stems at the popular Fruits and Vegetables market along Kaduna Street, D/Line in Port Harcourt.

The Chief Regulatory Officer further disclosed that the Indian was arrested along with a Nigerian, Mr.Chibuike Onuoha who he alleged distributes for the Indian to other customers in the state.

According to him, the Indian claimed he bought the products from a supermarket in Port Harcourt but could not produce any receipt to back up such a claim nor take them to the shop where he claimed he bought the products when he was requested to so.

Idowu stated that both the Indian and his Nigerian collaborator will be transferred to the Agency’s Lagos office for further investigation since they refused to disclose the source of the products in their possession.

Meanwhile the Chief Regulatory Officer had urged members of the public to report any suspicious character connected to fake and unregistered products to any nearest NAFDAC office to them.

The Indian, Mr Prakarsh Mohinani in his submission said he was a manager of an Indian Restaurant in one of the hotels in Port Harcourt.He stressed that he bought the products from his customer in a supermarket in Port Harcourt refused to make the of customer and the supermarket public.

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed fake drugs and other substandard regulated products worth N500 million in Awka, Anambra State.

Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii who led other stakeholders in the destruction exercise said the drugs which comprise of fake anti – malaria, anti – biotics, anti – hypertensive, multivitamins, injectables, cosmetics and other range of regulated products were seized from manufacturers, importers and distributors of regulated products in Anambra State as well as expired products voluntarily handed over by Onitsha Head Bridge Market Union.

According to him, the destruction of the products was part of the agency’s strategy in stamping out offensive regulated products from circulation. His words; “this destruction exercise is in line with our strategy aimed at preventing the reintroduction of seized counterfeit, substandard and expired drugs, unwholesome food products, corrosive cosmetics and other regulated products back into circulation”.

Dr. Orhii commended the vigilance and timely intervention of NAFDAC regulatory officers who worked tireless in removing the harmful products from circulation and reiterated the agency’s commitment to zero tolerance for fake drugs and other substandard regulated products.

He called on relevant stakeholders particularly members of the public to support the agency with useful information that will lead to apprehension of counterfeiters of NAFDAC regulated products.

It will be recalled that a similar exercise was carried out by NAFDAC where fake drugs and other substandard regulated products worth over N100 million was destroyed in Enugu less than three months ago.

Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada has commended the Director General of National Agency and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii for the tremendous milestones recorded in the fight against counterfeit drugs and other unwholesome regulated products in the country.

The Governor made this commendation when he paid a courtesy visit on NAFDAC in Abuja to forge a partnership with the Agency on diversifying the economy of the state through the processing of Value-added Agricultural Products.

Captain Wada said the innovative strategies adopted by NAFDAC especially the use of cutting-edge technologies has helped in achieving quality healthcare for the teeming population of and positioned the country as a global leader in the fight against counterfeit medical products.

His words; “I commend you for the tremendous achievements you have recorded in your tenure as Director General. You have taken NAFDAC to an enviable height. Your job is difficult because you are dealing with evil people. But you have done well in helping us to achieve quality healthcare delivery system to our people in this country”.

Responding, the Director General of NAFDAC said the Governor’s confidence in the healthcare system in the country was patriotic, uncommon and patriotic, uncommon and prophetic.

His words; “when you were injured in a car accident, you insisted that you be treated in Nigeria. I think for us as health professionals, that was great commendation. There is no way you can show confidence in the system than when you subject yourself to be treated in that system. When we contained the Ebola Virus Disease, the whole world began to see what you saw in our healthcare system long ago”.

Dr. Orhii who described the Agricultural Transformation Initiative of the Governor as fitting said the Agency will work towards ensuring that quality agricultural products are processed to acceptable standards so that farmers will earn foreign exchange from their and stimulate the economic growth of the state.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had won a landmark judgment securing an 11 years imprisonment against a middle-aged man who specializes in counterfeiting various alcoholic drinks.

The landmark judgment was delivered by the Presiding Judge of the Federal High Court Port-Harcourt division, Justice R.M Aikawa who sentenced the accused person, Sunday Okeke, on a four-count charge of violating Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome processed Food Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 It would be recalled that Mr. Okeke was arrested at Orumumafi Mami Market of the Nigerian Air force Port-Harcourt for illegal production of fake and unregistered products like Bacchus tonic wine, King Edward, Centurion and Glen Garry Gold Blended Scotch.

After rigorous prosecution of the case by NAFDAC’s legal team Okeke had his day in court when the presiding judge handed down the judgment on a four count charge with option of fine of 600, 000 (six hundred thousand naira) only.

This recent conviction has been hailed by NAFDAC as very significant as it will send a strong signal to counterfeiters and fakers of the agency’s regulated products. The judgment is also further testimony of the resolve of Dr. Paul Orhii’s leadership of the agency to rid Nigeria of criminals dealing in fake, substandard, unregistered NAFDAC regulated products.

SIGNED

Dr. Abubakar Jimoh (Director, Special Duties).

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:42

NAFDAC Export Workshop

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has kick-started a nationwide campaign to boost export of value added agricultural products in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda.

Speaking at a one-day sensitization workshop on the guidelines and requirements for intending exporters of NAFDAC regulated products for north-central geo-political zone in Makurdi, Benue State, Director General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii said the workshop was designed to enlighten critical stakeholders on the necessary requirements for export of processed and semi-processed regulated products in order to ensure improved compliance and accelerate national economic growth.

His words: “NAFDAC is fully committed towards facilitating export of processed and semi-processed regulated products in line with the transformation agenda of His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. The Agency ensures that quality regulated products are duly certified before they are exported from Nigeria”.

He regretted that many exporters have had their products rejected and destroyed because such products were not certified by NAFDAC arising from non-compliance with regulatory requirements of processed and semi-processed commodities, insufficient technical or scientific competence of some stakeholders on Good Agricultural Practices, non-compliance with import requirements and quality standards of importing countries among other factors.

Dr Orhii said to reverse this ugly trend, laboratory analysis of products intended for export and certification are done at no cost to the exporter by the Agency and implored exporters of NAFDAC regulated products to take advantage of this gesture to improve the nation’s export trade.

While commending NAFDAC for this initiative, Benue State Governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Gabriel Suswam described the timing of the workshop as apt and promised to leverage on the opportunity to mobilize farmers and other stakeholders in the north central geo-political zone to take maximum advantage of this gesture and be in the pole position for the export of value added agricultural products in the country.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:41

NAFDAC & WHO INTENSIFY EFFORTS ON EBOLA CURE

The World health organization (WHO) has stepped up the global efforts for the discovery of vaccines for the cure of the deadly Ebola virus which currently ravage some West African countries including Nigeria, Switzerland. The WHO last week summoned an emergency meeting of health Authorities of members – nations in Geneva to find lasting solution to the deadly virus and some vaccines are clinically being evaluated with very high prospect of combating the disease.

Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhii who just returned from WHO emergency meeting said “there is a great promise that some drugs and vaccines could be found soon to contain the Ebola virus”

Dr. Orhii stated “we have some Nigerian remedies that we are looking at very closely and after investigation we hope that they will be able to contain the Ebola virus. So Nigerians do not need to panic”.

He explained that the deadly virus is not a death sentence in Nigeria as the Federal Government through the efforts of the Federal Ministry of health has managed the situation effectively and halted the rampaging spread of the disease.

According to him, Nigerians are full of commendation and appreciation to President Good luck Ebele Jonathan and the Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu for effectively containing the Ebola virus through prompt deployment of adequate funds, material resources and personnel to strategic places.

The Director-General said Nigerians are proud of current efforts of government as many countries are learning from the methods and strategies adopted by Nigeria to combat the Ebola menace.

He urged Nigerians in Diaspora to feel free to visit home as the threat of the deadly disease has been effectively contained by the government.

Dr. Orhii however warned Nigerians to be vigilant because some unscrupulous elements have started exploiting the Ebola virus scare to market counterfeit test kits and sanitary products.

Nigerians in United Kingdom came together at the weekend to honor the Director General of National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr Paul Orhii for the successes the Agency has recorded in the introduction of cutting-edge technologies to fight drug counterfeiting in the country.

Some Nigerian professionals who converged at the Lemeridian Piccadilly hotel in London took their turns to commend the efforts of Dr. Orhii for his innovative approach towards combating the hydra- headed problem of fake drugs which came down from 16.7% in 2005 to 6.4% in 2012.

The award ceremony which was organized by African leadership magazine provided the opportunity for the NAFDAC Boss to sensitize Nigerians in the Diaspora about current efforts being made by Federal Government to improve health care services and boast self-sufficiency in the production of essential medicines.

Dr. Orhii who dedicated the merit award to the president Goodluck Jonathan, Health Minister, Prof. Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu and NAFDAC staff said the Agency has been able to achieve so because Government gave it the support and free hand to operate.

He disclosed that not less than three Nigerian pharmaceutical companies have very high prospect of obtaining world health organization (WHO) pre –qualification of some essential medicines very soon in addition to two other companies (Swipha and Drugfield) that have attained such feat.

The Director General said NAFDAC has also recorded enormous successes in the regulation of the quality of food products and providing a congenial business environment for Alhaji Aliko Dangote and other stakeholders in the food and beverage industry to continue to take giant strides in expanding their businesses and employed labour.

Dr. Orhii identified low production capacity and consequent dependency on importation of medicines, porous borders, low literacy and pervasive public ignorance as some of the factors encouraging drug counterfeiting in the country.

Meanwhile, the Director General of consumer protection council (CPC), Mrs. Dupe Atoke was also honored at the event. 

 

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