Poor product quality has been attributed to the adverse events associated with the use of herbal medicinal products, HMP.
The first Director of Pharmacovigilance/Post Marketing Surveillance (PV/PMS) Directorate of NAFDAC, Pharmacist Adline Osakwe, has disclosed that inadequate regulatory measures and weak quality control systems had also contributed to the occurrence of such events.
Osakwe, who recently retired from NAFDAC, explained that in order to expand knowledge about genuine adverse reactions to herbal medicines and to avoid wasting limited resources for identifying and analysing such events, events resulting from such situations would need to be reduced or eliminated by verifying purported claims of HMP.
She hinted that one major way the agency had intervened was through the establishment of expert committee on verification of claims, adding that guidelines had been developed to verify claims of herbal medicinal products.
Osakwe noted that the National Drug Safety Advisory Committee, NDSAC, was currently working on the establishment of a robust database of laboratory safety profile of all herbal medicinal products used in the country to serve as a baseline reference for PV of herbal medicines.

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