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Fake drugs: NAFDAC employs hi-tech for spot detection

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA — For detection of fake drugs at the point of entry, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has employed the use of a cutting-edge technology a handle device called Truscan to fight counterfeiting in Nigeria.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, who revealed this yesterday in Abuja at the opening of the advanced computer training programme for NAFDAC management staff said the equipment had arrived the shores of Nigeria.

“We are the first medicine regulatory agency in the world to purchase Truscan,” he said.

He said NAFDAC staff would soon be trained on its use, adding that the agency was also deploying “a text messaging technology to put the power of detection of counterfeits in the hands of Nigerian consumers thereby enlisting the entire Nigerian public in the war against counterfeiting.

“This would help detect counterfeit medicines in pharmaceutical outlets while covering the scope of its responsibility to safeguard the public. The Agency has embarked on full computerization of its operations to improve efficiency.

“For any regulatory authority to be successful, it needs to constantly review its activities, evolve new measures to build the capacity of staff, standardize operating procedures, with adequate funding and entrench a culture of fairness and be transparent in service delivery,” added Orhii.


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