Monday, 4 May 2015

The reason Nigeria has counterfeit medicines

Dr Paul Orhii, the Director- General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NAFDAC) has explained why there are counterfeit medicines in the country.

He traced the problem to the fact that the country does not manufacture medications locally but depends on imports. More than 70 per cent of essential medicines for management of public health were imported from other countries.

He said, “So what we have done is to encourage Nigerian local manufacturers to produce medicines so that Nigeria can become self-sufficient in supply of these medicines.

"We have fought the war against counterfeit and fake drugs to a standstill now and we are winning the war, " he added.

Did you find his explanation valid or unsatisfactory?

For me, it's a bit of both.

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