Written by Bede NNAJI

Fake drugs: NAFDAC advocates life jail for offenders

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, is proposing a law that will seek life term jail for producers of counterfeit drugs in the country.

The law, if effected, will confiscate assets of culprits upon conviction and compensation for victims against the N500, 000 fine stipulated for offenders.

The director, registration and regulatory affairs, Dr Monica Eimunjeze, who represented the DG, made this known at the agency's product registration outreach programme aimed at sensitizing small and medium scale business owners on the importance of registering their businesses with the agency.

According to her “NAFDAC will through its mobile authentication service, MAS, use sms and liaise with five service providers to detect counterfeit products

“The agency will also make use of truscan for on the spot detection of counterfeit drugs, counterfeit of standard product is a major challenge that producers are facing, and we are working very hard to reduce it to its lowest ebb.”

She said that the agency has created different units to assist small business owners to ensure speedy registration of their businesses and ensure that products being manufactured are not substandard.

In her remarks the regional director, Bank of Industries, BoI, Mrs Ogochukwu Akabueze, urged participants to make judicious use of the opportunity provided by the federal government by accessing loans at low interest rates.

She informed the participants that one of the conditions for those in food and drugs production is to be registered with NAFDAC.

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