The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC,
Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has recommended capital punishment for fake drugs manufacturers and dealers in the Country.
The NAFDAC Boss believes this will serve as deterrent to those she called “merchants of death” and put an end to the unwholesome production and marketing of fake drugs.
Professor Adeyeye who was participating in a special interview program on the Television and Social Media Platforms of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, BCOS, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, said NAFDAC is working on more intense punishment on fake and hard drugs; noting that the existing penalty for drug pedlling is not stiff enough.
Prof. Adeyeye said she is not against capital punishment for drug peddlers, adding that some hardened drug peddlers deserve capital punishment.
She said the war on fake drugs is a marathon which is all over the world, hence, NAFDAC will not hesitate to close all the lines of Companies falsifying drugs.
The NAFDAC DG explained that the prevalence rate of falsified products is about 10 per cent, meaning one in every 10 drugs being manufactured in Africa is fake.
While x-raying the activities of the Regulatory Agency, Prof. Adeyeye disclosed that in 2019, NAFDAC intercepted and destroyed fake drugs worth 1.3 trillion Naira; adding that the Inspection and Enforcement Directorate of the Agency is being strengthened to curb the activities of fake drug Manufacturers and Dealers.
On NAFDAC’s intervention in the global search for solution to the Coronavirus pandemic, Prof. Adeyeye said as a vibrant member of the global community, Nigeria is also in the race for global cure for Coronavirus.
She said “clinical trial treatment is going on in different parts of the country and NAFDAC reviews protocol to ensure subject and patient is protected. For instance, the clinical trials going on in Lagos involves Chloroquine and other therapeautics.”
She added that about 90 Countries are currently working on vaccine research and production but regretted that Nigeria, which had been in the forefront of vaccine production for 50 years, is not presently in the race.
The Professor of Pharmaceutics kicked against the use of foreign herbal medicine to cure the ravaging Coronavirus in Nigeria, saying: “we should search for our own local medicine which may have same effectiveness.
She however said the Agency was still waiting for samples of Madagascar COVID-Organics which will go through safety studies and possibly clinical trial to ascertain its safety for use by patients.