Tunji Alausa, a Ministerial Nominee, claims that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is ineffective.
Alausa, a nephrologist by profession, stated this when he appeared before the Senate for screening on Friday.
According to him, the agency requires immediate reform.
He stated that a quality regulatory body must combat fake drugs in pharmaceutical stores nationwide.
With regards to NAFDAC, it is sad to say that beyond these fake pharmaceutical companies, these drugs are killing our people. A lot of people are developing kidney failure because of counterfeit drugs. This is even causing more morbidity in our society.
It is very unfortunate to say today that NAFDAC is not functioning the way it should be. It’s not functioning. If given the opportunity, that will be one of the first agencies that I will totally reform. It’s not functioning. NAFDAC is not doing its work. All the healthcare facilities are not regulated, he said
NAFDAC was established by Decree No. 15 of 1993, as amended by Decree No. 19 of 1999, and is now known as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Act Cap N1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 to regulate and control the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale, and use of Food, Drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Packaged Water, Chemicals, and Detergents (collectively known as regulated products).
In October 1992, the agency was formally established.