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CSOs laud NAFDAC on new fake-drug-detection service

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control ( NAFDAC ) has been commended for its on the spot fake drug detection mechanism.

NAFDAC had recently introduced a service called, “TRUSCAN” to enable consumers to determine the authenticity of a drug purchased right from the store before its consumption.

The coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of Civil Society Organisations for Transparency in Governance, in a communique issued by Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi and Barr. Usman Jubril, Sunday in Abuja, hailed the introduction of Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) by the agency, pointing out that the progress in the health sector as necessitated by the leadership of the current DG of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii, is exemplary.

The CSOs further noted that under the leadership of Orhii, NAFDAC has initiated the review of its laws to make them more stringent so as to deter fake drugs’ sellers from having a field day, adding that “the water re-certification exercise is another coordinated war against unregistered and poorly packaged water using a mobile laboratory to test water on factory premises.”

“In the last two years, NAFDAC has seized and destroyed fake drugs and other counterfeit products running into billions of naira in Kano, Anambra, Enugu, Osun and Lagos States, including Abuja.

“NAFDAC has also initiated the compulsory food fortification campaign to combat dangers of hidden hunger. Several counterfeiters have been arrested and trials are ongoing in the courts. From several innovations introduced by Dr Orhii, NAFDAC now belongs to the elite group of the top 18 regulatory agencies in the world,” the communique read.]]>

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