The National Agency for Foods and drugs administration and control NAFDAC is to roll out a pharmacovigilance and post marketing surveillance scheme for the inspection of open market and community pharmacy practice sites.
The Director General of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye gave the indication at a lecture she delivered at the university of Jos titled “Drug security and national development“.
Professor Adeyeye said the marketing surveillance scheme would also contribute greatly in minimising substandard falsified medicine, unregistered products chemicals and illicit drugs as well as further strengthen maintenance of drug security.
She said the agency has continued to ensure that pharmaceutical manufacturers imbibe good manufacturing practices and other best quality requirements to ensure that only quality drugs are manufactured and sold locally.
Professor Adeyeye said they were making an upward review of herbal medicine in order to increase chances of a tripartite collaboration among the agency, academia and local herbalists, stressing that the herbal medicine remains untapped, despite the fact that it has high potential to provide drug security.
The NAFDAC boss identified weak legislation as one of the challenges facing the agency.
In his address, Vice Chancellor Unijos, Professor Sebastian Maimako congratulated the DG for the lecture and commended NAFDAC for being in the forefront of the effort to safeguard the health of Nigerians through novel approaches and processes.
BY: JOSIAH BUZUN/JOS