The General Manager of Cynflac Pharmacy, Pharmacist Anthony Samuel has advocated for the collaboration of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC and pharmacists in order to curb the influx of fake and sub- standard drugs into the country.
Pharmacist Samuel disclosed this while speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of the 2020 International Day against Drugs Abuse and ilicit Trafficking with the theme: ” Better Knowledge for Better Care” in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
According to him, the porous nature of our land and sea borders have made it impossible for NAFDAC to adequately control the infux of fake and sub-standard drugs into the country.
He further said that because 70 percent of drugs consumed locally are imported, drugs dealers often connivance with the manufacturing companies to reduce the quality of some imported drugs and label them as the original, warning drugs importers against compromising standards to make wealth at the expense of human lives.
The General Manager while commending NAFDAC on its bold step in reducing the menace of sub-standard drugs, however noted that another way the fight against fake drugs can be consolidated is the introduction of scratch panel as initiated by NAFDAC on manufactured drugs in-country and called for the its sustanance.
” The menace of fake and sub-standard drugs in Nigeria is endemic as well as chronic. Up to this moment it has persisted because of our porous borders, our land and sea borders are porous. One of the factors we not producing these drugs in the country and because about 70 percent of drugs consumed locally are coming from outside.
” Because we are not producing most of these drugs, people are going outside to import them NAFDAC can’t control these imported drugs. So these people have the capacity to go to India and China where the drugs are manafactured produced cheap and tell them I want 6 milligrams instead of 12 and this is sub-standard and fake.
” NAFDAC has a huge role to play and they need support, we the manufacturers of these drugs, merchants, retailers and distributors have a role to play too. But when these products are coming from far countries then control is difficult”, he stated.