National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has called on stakeholders in the drug distribution channel in the country to complement its effort to ensure that only wholesome products were consumed in the country.
Ag. Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni made the call at a sensitization workshop organised in partnership with Christabel Consultants for members of the Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Union, OPPMDU, Onitsha, Anambra State yesterday.
Oni, who was represented by Dr. Christiana Esenwa, State Coordinator NAFDAC, Anambra State, said that members of OPPMDU were crucial to the actualization of sanity in drug market, which various programmes of the agency were made to achieve in the health sector.
Mrs. Oni regretted that in spite of efforts NAFDAC has made against fake drugs, some unregistered products still found their way to shops and markets, stressing that most genuine and authentic products can lose their potency if they are not properly stored as recommended by the manufacturer.
According to the DG, some drugs which are stored at room temperature like Paracetamol, capsules are not compatible with humidity, or else it melts and there are others that must be stored in refrigerator like vaccines.
She said that fake, adulterated and substandard drugs have far reaching consequences on our health system, as it could lead to treatment failure complications, including organ destruction, drug adverse reactions, and increase resistance to drugs among others.

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