By Chioma Obinna
Any fake and counterfeit drug offender apprehended for dealing on fake and spurious pharmaceutical products faces a life sentences in India if current moves by the countryâ€™s Drug Regulatory Agency succeeds at the parliament.
Presently,Â India and China have been identified as the flashpoints of the battle against counterfeit drugs in Nigeria.
Indian Drug Regulatory AuthorityÂ is currently pushing through the parliament a draft legislation that would impose a life jail term on anybody who manufactures and export fake drugs to Nigeria.
Similarly, any Nigerian Drug Importer who connives with an India Drug Company to produce fake drugs will also be jailed for life upon conviction by the court.
These were revealed during the visit ofÂ high power delegation of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) led by its Director-General, Dr. Paul Orhii, to India recently.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Orhii said the Agency had also taken other tough regulatory measures in collaboration with its Indian counterpart to deal decisively with fake drug offenders.
Dr. Orhii said during his recent visit to India, consultative meetings were held with India Drug manufacturers Association, Indian Pharmaceutical Council, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry as well as Indian Pharmaceutical Alliances.