Cabal Proposed The Removal Of NAFDAC From Ports — DG

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Director-General of the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said yesterday that the removal of the agency’s operatives from the nation’s ports, suggested by a cabal, was responsible for the stream of fake drugs and substandard products into the country.

Adeyeye, who disclosed this while defending the agency’s 2022 budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services, led by Tanko Sununu, also decried the porousness of the nation’s borders, saying  NAFDAC needed more operatives to cover them.

She said: “This is what we sleep with and wake up with in terms of making sure that the health of our people is safe guarded.

“From 2011 to May 16, 2018, NAFDAC was removed from the ports and we are supposed to be controlling and regulating what is imported and what is exported.

“For seven years we were absent and cabals were formed. We cannot undo the cabals over night.

“That is why it has been extremely challenging for the last three and half years.

“The federal task force is domiciled in NAFDAC, we are putting a lot of money on enforcement.

“We have a multiprone approach to mitigating substandard and falsified medicines. Some of the ones that have NAFDAC numbers are falsified.

”For example, we gave NAFDAC number for three products and from a pharmacy outlet, we found out that a product was thickened and we had to go to the place.

“It is a medium size company and we found out that they have cloned our NAFDAC number for 3 products to 7 products. That is how much we have to run after ourselves.

“But we have ten thousand drug products and about 80 to 90 percent of what you see are NAFDAC regulated, but some of them are not. Let us look at our porous borders.

 

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