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« on: December 25, 2010, 03:59:14 pm »


Amidst International recognition of his rising profile as the leading voice in the campaign against Drug counterfeiting, Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii has again made a passionate plea for all Medicines Regulatory Authorities in various Countries to join forces and unite in combating the increasing wave of trade in counterfeit drugs worldwide.
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In his opening address as chairman of the Anti-Drug Counterfeiting session of the just concluded 14th International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities (ICDRA) held in Singapore, Dr. Orhii said unity of purpose, strong international collaboration and harmonization of regulatory policies among Drug Regulatory Agencies were urgently required to fight the drug counterfeit menace currently estimated at a range of 14-40 percent globally.
He lamented that the war against cocaine being ferociously waged in Latin America has worsened the Drug counterfeiting phenomenon because "Drug Barons are now diverting into counterfeit drugs because they assumed it to be less risky, thereby the drug counterfeiting situation getting more sophisticated and militarized’’.
According to him, NAFDAC has been working in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) sister Regulatory Agencies in West Africa, the US, Chinese and Indian Drug Regulatory counterparts towards ensuring patients’ access to good quality, efficacious and affordable medicines.
The Director-General who is also the vice-chairman of the 193-member-nation International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (IMPACT) based in Geneva pointed out that the rising cases of purchases of Counterfeit drugs via internet in developed countries have shown that Drug counterfeiting is not a problem limited to only Nigeria and other developing countries.
In a wrap-up of the session, the co-moderator of the session, Mrs. Susanne Keitel commended the various speakers for providing in depth analysis and situation report of the drug counterfeiting menace in their countries which shall become useful guides for the WHO.
Speakers at the session were Director of Chinese Food and Drug, Mr. Lei Sun, Mr. Naeem-Ahmed who is the Head of UK Drug Enforcement, Mr. Sergey Glagolev of Russia and Mr. Andreas Balsige of Swiss Drug Regulatory Authority.
 
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