Unregistered drugs persist in southeast markets, says Don
A University teacher, Prof. Justitia Nnabuko, has alerted that substandard and non-registered drugs and other products, are still circulating in the south-east markets, despite the efforts by the National Agency for Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC)and other regulatory agencies.
Nnabuko, who is the Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, stated this while delivering the 104th lecture of the University at the weekend.
She expressed concern that some desperate businessmen were still flooding the country with unwholesome products.
According to her, “NAFDAC is rated as one of the top eighteen medical regulatory agencies in the world and the fourth on the African continent.”
Nnabuko noted however that despite this rating, “monitoring of pharmaceutical activities has not yielded the much-desired transparency in the activities of drug firms, as drug products assessment and registrations have not yielded the expected results in the south-east zone.
“Many pharmaceutical facilities and drug products were yet to receive the mandatory authentic registrations,’ adding that ‘the lives of the regulators have often been threatened, in the course of carrying out their monitoring operations.”
She decried the existence of “so many quacks in the marketing profession,” whom she said were aiding the fake drug dealers, in the marketing of fake products.
marketing same to the unsuspecting members of the public.
She urged the marketers to imbibe the ethical standards of the professing, stressing however that many of them are not professionals.
“So, I call on the Federal Government to make enabling laws to drive the implementation of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria’s mandate, so as to aid them in regulating the practice of all marketers in the country.
She suggested that related government agencies, like the NAFDAC, the Standards Organization of Nigeria, (SON), and the Consumer Protection Council, (CPC), be empowered with necessary legal backing in the implementing of their mandate.
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