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Government implements guidelines to curb fake drugs

30 June 2015, 15:35Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, has expressed confidence the establishment of State Drug Distribution Centers (SDDCs) would eradicate the proliferation of fake drugs in the country.

He spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at a briefing on the Deadline for Full Implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines.

Awute commended states that have already established SDDCs).

These include Jigawa, Niger and Ekiti which he noted had commenced implementation of the guidelines.

He added that Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Anambra had their SDDCs inspected by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and were ready to resume operations.

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To this end, Awute informed that the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and the National Agency for Food as well as Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) would effective today, commence the enforcement of the policy.

“The launching of this document in 2012 signaled the take-off of its implementation while the establishment of state drug distribution centres
(SDDCs) by the state governments and mega drug distribution centres (MDDCs) by the private sector was issued as the 30 June, 2014," he said.

Awute said this deadline was however extended to June 30, 2015, through a ministerial directive last year in June to allow more time for the establishment of enough SDDCs and MDDCs.

He disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Health had continued providing the necessary supports through awareness creation, sensitation programmes, seminars and workshops.

Awute appealed to states government not to relent in supporting the guidelines as orderly national drug distribution is a critical factor in efficient and safe healthcare delivery for any nation.

It is estimated 10 percent of drugs in the Nigerian markets are fake.

- CAJ News


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