Over half of the pharmaceutical products that are imported into the nation are counterfeit, according to data released by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, or NAFDAC.

At a recent stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director General of NAFDAC, revealed this.

She clarified that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) rules should be followed while obtaining a certificate of pharmaceutical product (CPP), as it determines the product’s and the applicant’s standing in the exporting nation.
She claims that counterfeit and subpar goods jeopardize the availability of cheap, effective, and safe medications and impede Nigeria’s and Africa’s efforts to achieve universal health care.
Says she:

“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 for coming in.
“We found out that more than 50 per cent of the CPPs that come into our country are fake. Part of those responsible is our people that go to China or India and we are going to deal with it.“

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