The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has described a newspaper report alleging 70 percent of medicines Nigeria are fake drugs as “categorically untrue and grossly inaccurate.’’
According to a press statement signed by the Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, the report was published by Vanguard Newspaper.
She said a study carried out by NAFDAC, the World Health Organization, WHO and the Department for International Development (DFID) in 2005 showed the rate of fake drugs stood at 16 percent.
She said further that another survey conducted by NAFDAC in 2017 and 2018 on some widely used drugs revealed Nigerian drugs are 98 percent wholesome.
The statement reads: “NAFDAC wishes to inform members of the public, especially health care providers, policymakers, and development partners to disregard an online publication at that 70 percent of all drugs in Nigerian markets are fake.
“NAFDAC in collaboration with WHO, DFID and United States Pharmacopeia conducted a series of studies on quality of medicines in Nigeria and the report runs contrary to what Vanguard reported.
“A study of Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines in Nigeria conducted by NAFDAC in collaboration with WHO and DFID in 2005 revealed that counterfeit medicines stood at 16.7 percent in 2005.
“This was as against 40 percent in 2001,’’ she said.
She added that subsequent tests carried out between 2010 and 2012 revealed that the situation was even better than in 2005.
“The National Survey on Quality of medicines using Truscan® device was conducted by NAFDAC across 29 States including FCT, Abuja from January 2010 to April 2012.
“The medicines involved in the survey included antibiotics, anti-malaria, and anti-diabetics. A total of 5,790 samples of medicines were tested.
“5,419 samples of medicines out of 5,790 (93.6 percent) tested during the survey passed quality tests while 371 samples (6.4 percent) failed.
“Another survey on the quality of medicines was conducted in Lagos state in May 2012 using the Truscan® device.
“A total of 235 samples of medicines comprising antimalarials, antibiotics, antidiabetics, and anti-inflammatory agents were tested,’’ she said.