Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with State Governments has concluded plans to embark on fight against fake drugs in the country.
Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry, in Abuja, dropped this hint at a press briefing on the June 30th , 2015 Deadline for full implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines. Mr.Awute who emphasised the vital role of state government participation in the fight to eradicate fake drugs commended Jigawa, Niger and Ekiti states for their prompt establishment of State Distribution Centres and implementation of the guidelines.
He also commended Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Anambra for their SDDCs which have been inspected by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN and are ready for take-off.
Awute said that the existence of open drug markets, which is the major source of fake, adulterated and substandard drugs in the country, will soon be a thing of the past.
He said “the launching of this document in 2012 signaled the take-off of its implementation while the establishment of state drug distribution centres, SDDCs, by the state governments and mega drug distribution centres, MDDCs, by the private sector was issued as the 30 June, 2014. This deadline was however extended to 30 June, 2015, through a ministerial directive on 26 June, 2014 to allow more time for the establishment of enough SDDCs and MDDCs’’.
He further appealed to states government not to relent in supporting the guidelines as orderly national drug distribution is a critical factor in efficient and safe healthcare delivery for any nation.


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