The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has described as false, a report that 70% of drugs being administered in Nigeria are fake.

Economist and Financial Services Advisory Leader of Project Blue PWc Nigeria, Andrew Nevin, said at a conference by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Umuahia, that 70% of drugs in the country are fake.

Nevin added that Africa records 100,000 deaths arising from counterfeit drugs related ailments annually.

But NAFDAC spokesperson Abubakar Jimoh said the statement from the acclaimed expert was displeasing and false.

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“The counterfeiters in the country engage more in anti malaria drugs because they know the patronage is high and with awareness created and introduction of various devices by NAFDAC, we have been able to reduce such counterfeit malaria drugs drastically.

“Getting such unresearched work from acclaimed expert undermines our efforts, it is unfortunate and very painful,” he said.

Jimoh said the battle against fake drugs has been intensified from 2001 till date, which has led to improvement.

He said that in 2001, when this kind of report appeared in public, the agency conduct a systematic study and in 2005, NAFDAC in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) did another research.

He disclosed that the study done with WHO showed that the prevalence of counterfeit drugs in circulation was 16.7 per cent for all categories of drugs.

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