Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00
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NAFDAC deploys cutting edge technology at Lagos Trade Fair

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has fully deployed its cutting edge technology  including the Truscan mechines  to the  exhibition ground of the on-going Lagos International Trade Fair taking place  at Onikan, Lagos Island, to ensure that no unregistered products is exhibited at the fair.

To this end, the agency would set up a service inquiry desk  that would be competently manned by experience staff.

A statement by NAFDAC's Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Mrs. Christiana Obiazikwor, said the deployed  technology  woulinstantly determine the status of some  regulated products on exhibition when necessary.

The agency’s participation would create avenue for value exchange in terms of feedback and interaction with manufacturers and marketers of regulated products, said Obiazikwor.
NAFDAC's  public relations officer in Lagos said the agency would be  at the 2012 Trade Fair exhibition to bring its full fledged regulatory activities at the disposal of organisers, manufacturers, marketers, importers, and exporters of food, drug and other regulated products.

Obiazikwor said  these activities, which provide full range coverage of the entire market  bolster the confidence that shoppers visiting any exhibition stands will  have  access to  wholesome products.

Recently, NAFDAC issued a directive to all manufactures, importers, and marketers of anti-malarial drugs who have not implemented the Mobil Authentication service (MAS) to do so before  January 2, ,2013 and  March 1, 2013 as deadline for all antibiotics marketed in the country .

According to NAFDAC, companies which failed to comply with this directive would have their products de-registered, mopped out of circulation and destroyed.

A major plank of this year’s participation is the agency’s focus on education and enlightenment as part of awareness creation to enhance public understanding of requirements and processes needed for the registration of NAFDAC regulated products as well as creating awareness on the newly introduced technology (text messaging system ) of identifying fake Drugs.

The implementation of this directive would put the power of detection of counterfeit medicines into the hands of over 80 million Nigerians and further support our efforts to secure the supply chain and effectively eliminate counterfeits from circulation.

With the high level of participation deployed by NAFDAC, the agency is fully convinced that the ‘culture to do right thing’ being driven at the current trade fair will have positive ripple effect.