In furtherance of its zero tolerance for circulation of substandard and falsified medicines in Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down six local manufacturers of finished pharmaceutical products FPPs.
Mojisola Adeyeye , direction general of NAFDAC dropped the hint on Monday, December 28, 2020 in a statement released in Abuja. According to Adeyeye , the pharmaceutical companies wereshut down following a nationwide surveillance on their manufacturing activities.
She noted with dismay that these local manufacturers,in spite of appropriate notification, failed to meet minimum Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)standards in line with extant requirements which are required to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products.
The NAFDAC DG however, maintained that the companies will remain shut until the respective GMPcompliances are met.
She stated that these current actions are to serve asdeterrents to all local and foreign manufacturers who may not want to comply with basic GMP requirementsand join the Agency in its renewed campaign to rid the country of SF medicines.
NAFDAC in its current effort and relentless drive to address the challenges of Substandard and Falsified(SF) medicines in Nigeria recently blacklisted a foreign manufacturer of finished pharmaceutical products (FPPs) and delisted its local representative for gross violation of NAFDAC extant laws and regulations.
Adeyeye however, stated that ‘’NAFDAC owes the nation the onerous responsibility of safeguardingpublic health and will not back track in ensuring that only medicines that are safe, efficacious and of good quality are accessible to the Nigerians’’