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NAFDAC wants stiffer penalties on fake drugs

04 October 2013, 16:35

Lagos -  The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NAFDAC) has advocated for stiffer penalties against culprits manufacturing and peddling fake drugs.

Speaking in Ibadan at the International Conference on Medicine Regulation, Director-General of the agency, Paul Orhii, said the review of the laws would enhance the agency's performance.

He argued stiffer penalties would deter culprits.

Under existing laws, offenders are jailed for 15 years of fined N500 000 upon conviction.

Orhii advocated for the review to life jail terms and confiscation of property.

Meanwhile, Orhii said the agency's education drive had benefitted millions.

"The agency has been spearheading global efforts in combating production of fake and counterfeit drugs and as part of the effort, with effect from last month, 80 million Nigerians have had the opportunity of being informed through SMS on whether some drugs are fake or genuine,” said Orhii.

He said, through Mobile Authentic Service (MAS), Nigerians would be informed of fake and genuine malaria drugs.

"The agency would continue to provide an enabling and conducive regulatory environment where both manufacturers and consumers would derive maximum benefits," he added.

The problems of fake drug proliferation in Nigeria have affected the credibility of the healthcare system.

Such drugs can exert harmful effects on the consumer resulting to illness, disability and death

- CAJ News

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