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NAFDAC Director General Urges Compliance with Quality Standards in Pharmaceutical Sector

The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye, has issued a call to action for participants within Nigeria’s pharmaceutical sector, urging their alignment with NAFDAC’s mission to deliver high-quality medications to the country’s population. Her remarks were made at the formal unveiling of an ultra-modern wholesale and distribution center for regulated medicines, established by New Heights Pharmaceuticals.

During the ceremony, Prof. Adeyeye commended New Heights Pharmaceuticals for embracing NAFDAC’s vision of ensuring the availability of top-notch medicines for Nigerians. She emphasized the significance of the newly inaugurated facility, which echoes NAFDAC’s commitment to implementing traceability measures for drugs and medicines, ensuring their authenticity and quality.

“The vision behind this facility resonates with our traceability goal, which is to ensure that our drugs and medicines can be traced to genuine and certified manufacturers and distributors across the country, which gives caregivers and patients confidence in the type of medications they are using. If this is obtainable in other parts of the world, we can also do it here,” Prof. Adeyeye affirmed.

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Prominent figures within the pharmaceutical industry, who attended the unveiling, underscored the alignment between the facility and the objectives of pharmaceutical regulators in enhancing healthcare quality in Nigeria. The implementation of traceability-enabled drugs and medicines is poised to bolster the delivery of high-standard healthcare to Nigerians.

As discussions continued, industry stakeholders advocated for governmental support, urging the facilitation of conducive business environments, reduction of taxation, and initiatives to bolster indigenous businesses amidst the challenges posed by brain drain within the healthcare sector.

The Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm. Babashehu Ahmed, lauded the inauguration of the center as an important step in the battle against illegal drug distribution networks within Lagos state. He emphasized the link between the commissioning of the center and the successful execution of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG), particularly citing the example of Kano State’s implementation.

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Pharm. Ogheneochuko Omaruaye, CEO of New Heights Pharmaceuticals, echoed the sentiments of his counterparts, stressing the need for swift action in the implementation of NDDG in Lagos. He recounted the company’s journey to establish a world-class pharmaceutical healthcare space in Nigeria, tracing back to their initial aspirations upon visiting a similar facility in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of New Heights Pharmaceuticals, Pharm. Paul Enebeli, seized the opportunity to call on the federal government for support in replicating similar centers across the nation’s six geopolitical zones. Such an expansion, he emphasized, would contribute significantly to the nation’s fight against counterfeit, substandard, and adulterated drugs, fostering a more robust and efficient drug distribution network in Nigeria.

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