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NAFDAC institutes measures against pharmaceutical products with fake certificates

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has instituted measures towards reducing the entry of imported pharmaceutical products with fake certificates…

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has instituted measures towards reducing the entry of imported pharmaceutical products with fake certificates into the country.

The Director General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated this Friday during a stakeholders’ engagement meeting in Abuja.

She said the agency through its pre- testing system has stopped over 140 products with fake certificates of pharmaceutical products (CPP) from entering the country.

She said, “We have 55 countries in Africa and we belong to the Member States globally. We agreed to ensure that products coming to the region are of quality and WHO created a scheme called certificate of pharmaceutical product, and what this means is that if we send a certificate of pharmaceutical product out to another country, we are assuring the receiving country that it will be of quality.”

She said: “Most of our medicines come from South East Asia and we belong to the member states too. We have a scheme where, before medicines that were approved leave that part of the world, we do pre-shipment testing, and that comes with CPP to assure us of quality, but that is not the case because through our scheme, we have been able to stop over 140 products that were approved from coming in.”

Prof Adeyeye said the agency would soon digitalise the authentication process of the certificates in order to reduce the menace to the barest minimum.

 

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