The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has denounced a newspaper report that 70 per cent of medicines in Nigeria were fake.A press statement by Prof. Moji Adeyeye, Director General of the agency on Friday, said that the false report was published by Vanguard Newspaper.
Adeyeye said that a study jointly carried out by NAFDAC, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) in 2005 revealed that fake medicines stood at 16 per cent.
She added that a survey conducted by NAFDAC in 2017 and 2018 on some widely used drugs showed that Nigerian medicines were 98 per cent wholesome. She described the report as “categorically untrue and grossly inaccurate.’’
NAFDAC wishes to inform members of the public, especially health care providers, policy makers and development partners to disregard an online publication at https://www.vanguardngr.com that 70 per cent of all drugs in Nigerian markets are fake. Read more