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NAFDAC pushes for anti-counterfeit bill

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To you know that the highest punishment a drug counterfeiter can get is N500, 000 or a 15-year jail term if convicted.

Why? Because of a defect in the law of the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The agency has been trying to push the Counterfeit Medical Products, Fake drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods ( Prohibition and Control) bill it is sponsoring at the National Assembly to address the anomally.

It told the National Assembly of its plan to make faking of drugs and products a non-bailable offence through the bill.

The Director General, Dr Paul Orhii, submitted the proposed bill to the executive about two years ago.

When the Senate Committee on Health visited the Lagos office of NAFDAC, Orhii intimated members of the bill which was yet to get to the National Assembly. He told the panel of the bill and that it was not before it, warning that it may not be passed before the Seventh Assembly tenure ends.

Its Chairman, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, said the Senate had yet to receive the bill from the executive arm since it was briefed on it about two years ago.

He feared that counterfeiters may continue to fake drugs and other products, if the bill which is meant to curb their nefarious activities, was not passed.

Okowa urged the executive to expedite action on the bill so that it can be processed as quickly as possible for president assent.

He praised the agency for using electronic devices to detect fake drugs and for regulating herbal medicines, stressing that it was long overdue. “I also congratulate the agency on the World Health Organisation (WHO) prequalification, which it is pushing to ensure that Nigeria sells its drugs locally and oversea, for the pharmaceutical industry,” he said.

NAFDAC Director-General, Dr Paul Orhii, said his agency is working round the clock on the bill as the agency will ensure that fakers get life jail term to discourage them from faking products.

“The present law favours the counterfeiters because the highest punishment a counterfeiter who is caught can get is a 15 year jail term or a N500, 000 fine, as an option.

“The proposed law states that if a faker caused an individual bodily harm or death his assets would be confiscated and used to pay the victim. The proposed law would ensure that whistle blowers are rewarded with a token without disclosing their identity to the public,” he stated.


Article Credit: The Nation Newspaper

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