By Chioma Obinna & Gabriel Olawale
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has approved the production of four United Nations life saving commodities for women and children.
The commodities include chlorhexidine gel used in neonatal umbilical cord care, amoxicillin dispersible tablet used in Pneumonia, Zinc Sulphate for diarrhoea and misoprostol.
Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, who spoke at a two-day Common Technical Document, CTD, workshop in Lagos, said, Nigerians now have improved access to locally produced safe, efficacious and affordable medicines.
He explained that some of the drugs before now were not manufactured in Africa.
On the life saving commodities, he explained that the agency decided to give its technical assistance to the production of these drugs to make Nigeria self sufficient in the manufacture and supply of quality, safe and efficacious medicines at affordable prices.
“We have actively encouraged the local pharmaceutical industry to work towards attaining WHO prequalification which will facilitate access to medicines that meet unified standards of quality, safety and efficacy for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.”
Represented by the Director of Registration and Regulatory Affairs, NAFDAC, Dr. Monica Eimunjeze, he explained that the CTD workshop was one of the strategies adopted to ensure access to quality regulated medicines in the sub region.