Nigeria – NAFDAC will assist pharma companies to export drugs

August 20, 2014 4:09 pm0 commentsViews: 76

Director General, National Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr. Paul Orhii

Director General, National Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr. Paul Orhii, has assured that his agency would encourage pharmaceutical companies in the country to export their products to foreign countries like India and China.

Orhii gave the assurance, weekend, while speaking with journalists shortly after inspection visit on production of orthodox, herbal and vetenary drugs to Tuyil Pharmaceutical Industries, Ilorin.

He maintained that the agency was not only created to close down industries or destroy fake goods.

According to the NAFDAC boss, if pharmaceutical companies conform with international standards, Nigeria would not only become self-sufficient in supply of essential medicines but exporter of medicine, “instead of the current situation where we are neck-deep in importing medicines.”

He hinted that the agency, with its reach and collaboration with international organisations like WHO, would deploy the expertise of its professionals with international experience to assist Nigerian pharmaceutical companies produce improved products with international standard.

The agency, he added, would also provide enabling environment to the industries to enable them do business the right way.

His words: “When I assumed office, more than 70 per cent of essential drugs needed in Nigeria were imported into the country because most pharmaceutical companies were below standard. Thus, we encouraged these industries to upgrade their facilities in size and quality to meet international standard.

“Tuyil is one of the companies that responded to the call, as it is even being used as training ground for NAFDAC staff. We are committed to assist pharmaceutical companies to attain the highly coveted WHO standard and we will continue to work with them,” he said.

Orhii, who expressed satisfaction with staff, operations and products of the pharmaceutical outfit, described Tuyil as one of Nigeria’s pharmaceutical companies that had adopted the needs of Nigerians with production of products capable of reducing infant and maternal mortality.

He maintained that his findings were in line with the transformation currently embarked upon in pharmaceutical companies by the agency and transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The agency, he assured, would without delay, evaluate the products of the company submitted for the agency’s registration “and approve the registration as soon as the evaluation shows that the products meet the required standard”.

Speaking earlier, Tuyil’s Superintendent Pharmacist, Gbenga Bambe, explained that the company expanded its scope of drug production with a view to producing standard drugs that will meet various needs more accessible in the country.

He recalled that the company started with four products, saying it has expanded with the making of syrups, veterinary, herbal and bottled water products in addition to more tablet products.

Bambe implored the agency to give an accelerated approval to the company’s new products submitted for the registration.

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