Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:10

I Check Equipment Donation

Director General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii receiving I-Check equipment for testing iodine in salt from the Country Manager of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, GAIN Dr. Larry Umunna(M) and the Country Director of Micronutrient Initiative, MI, Dr.Oladipo Abiodun Rauf in Abuja....wednesday

In a collaborative effort to stem the rising tide of illicit use of narcotic drugs and other controlled substances in the country, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) are currently working on a draft implementation of a National Drug Control Masterplan that will span for the period of 4 years.

The draft masterplan is designed to ensure strict control of the proliferation, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs as well as drug demand and reduction.

This was disclosed during a courtesy visit on the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii by the newly appointed Director General of NDLEA, Mrs Roli Bode George in Abuja.

She commended the dogged and pro-active effort of NAFDAC in the control and use of narcotics in the country and noted that these efforts are complementary of the work of her Agency in the fight against the illicit use of drugs in the country.

Responding, Director -General of NAFDAC, Dr Orhii said the agency has recorded success in the control of drug abuse and illicit drug. He noted that the re –categorization of codeine-containing syrup which was widely abused from over-counter drug to a prescription only drug has shown a drastic reduction in the incidence of abuse of this drug.

Speaking further, Dr Orhii said the increased inspections, monitoring and surveillance of these narcotics from importation, through distribution to the end users by NAFDAC has helped in curbing diversion and abuse.

He said NAFDAC is currently working towards collaborating with WHO on capacity building for pharmacists and Doctors in the country on how to store, prescribe and dispense pain relief narcotics in the country.

Earlier, the project co- ordinator, Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Glen Prichard commended the NAFDAC boss for his committed fight in the control of narcotics drugs in the country.                                         

In a decisive move to achieve President Goodluck Jonathan’s declarative statement on zero tolerance to counterfeit drugs, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has commenced enforcement of the deadline for implementation of the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) by pharmaceutical companies nationwide.

The enforcement operation which started in Abuja on Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014 under the auspices of the Pharmacovigilance and Post Marketing Surveillance Directorate of NAFDAC was geared towards mopping up from circulation all anti-malarial and anti-biotic medicines that do not carry on their labels, the MAS scratch and text authentication codes which were introduced since 2010 by NAFDAC’s Director-General, Dr. Paul Orhii to save consumers from the menace of fake drugs.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Orhii who is currently celebrated worldwide for introducing multi-layered anti-counterfeiting technology said there is no going back on enforcement of compliance with the MAS deadline which has previously been shifted twice in the last 3years due to plea for more time by segment of the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Orhii said NAFDAC has the full support of the President and Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu to enforce implementation of the service in a bid to eradicate counterfeit drugs in the country.

He disclosed that firm instruction has been given to all NAFDAC offices across the country to go round various pharmaceutical outlets to enforce compliance as deadline is irreversible and sacrosanct.

According to him, the scratch and text service (MAS) has put the power of detecting counterfeit drugs in the hands of over 100million mobile phone users in the country.

The Director-General stated that the international community is full of commendation for Nigeria for pioneering the use of cutting-edge technologies in combating counterfeit medicines.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement team led by Director of PVG/BMS, Mrs. Adeline Osakwe cracked down on over 50 pharmacies in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja who were found to have stocked anti-malarial and anti-biotic drugs without the scratch and text codes.

A consultative /sensitization forum was organized last week by NAFDAC to iron out the grey areas preparatory to enforcement of the MAS deadline.

Abubakar Jimoh

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), as part of its mandate, is responsible for the control of the manufacture, sale and distribution of fertilizers, bio-fertilizer and bio-pesticides.  In order to ensure that this regulatory function is adequately carried out, the Agency is currently preparing the Regulations for these classes of products. The Agency in preparing its Regulations ensures that stakeholders are informed and their input is taken into account.

In-view of this, the Agency is calling for input from the stakeholders. The Draft Regulations are for Fertilizer (Registration, Labelling and Advertisement), Bio-fertilizer (Registration, Labelling and Advertisement) and Bio-pesticide (Registration, Labelling and Advertisement) is Agency is convening a stakeholder’s forum where these Regulations will be discussed.

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ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Laboratory Accreditation is the formal recognition under the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) by an authoritative body, demonstrating that testing and calibration laboratories are technically competent for defined test scopes and operation of a laboratory quality management system.

Thursday, 28 November 2013 10:37

Breast-Feeding Practice

By Veronica Ezeh (Mrs) MNIFST, Assistant Director-Food, Establishment Inspection Directorate, NAFDAC, Abuja, Bobboi  U. A. (Mrs) MNIFST, Chief Regulatory Officer, Establishment Inspection Directorate, NAFDAC, Abuja and Joyce Odoh  (Mrs,) Senior  Regulatory Officer, Establishment Inspection Directorate, NAFDAC, Abuja.

Breastfeedingis a tradition in every culture in Nigeria regardless of socio-economic status. Until the late 1960’s, breastfeeding took a dangerous downward trend when it started to be discouraged through the aggressive marketing of commercial breast milk substitutes. As a result, traditional infant feeding practices started to shift towards more ‘modern’ feeding practices.

Information emanating from FDA to health care professionals and patients is that acetaminophen (paracetamol) has been associated with risk of rare but serious skin reaction. Acetaminophen is a common active ingredient to treat pain and reduce fever; it is included in many prescriptions and over the counter (OTC) products. These skin reactions, known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), can be fatal. These reactions can occur with first time use of the drug or at any time while it is being taken.

Against the backdrop of the global leadership of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control

(NAFDAC) in the fight against counterfeit drugs, Nigeria has been appointed Chair of the International Steering Committee of the new Member State Mechanism (MSM) for  combating Substandard, Spurious, Falsely-Labeled, Falsified and Counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products.

In what international experts on quality of medicine have described as a groundbreaking development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have agreed to work on a road map that will act as a guide towards ensuring the quality monitoring of medicines in Nigeria.

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