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President Jonathan draws battle line with media over counterfeit drugs

President Goodluck Jonathan is threatening to shut down any electronic media organisation advertising substandard and unregistered drugs.

He has already directed the appropriate government agencies to watch out for errant media houses for sanction with a view to proving to all the readiness of his administration to eradicate counterfeit and fake drugs in the country.

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said yesterday in Abuja that the president was ‘disturbed’ by the indiscriminate advertising of such drugs.

“The president held a meeting with some of us (ministers) a few weeks ago on the issue and the President is disturbed that even while he is watching the TV, he sees all manner of people advertising or organising trade fairs,” Chukwu said.

He added: “I’ve told people to be monitoring all stations so that we can get one to use as a scapegoat. We can’t continue to live this way. We need to have a legal channel against these manufacturers. It’s unfortunate that if you check, we have educated people, doctors and pharmacists working in those companies and yet they will take these products to illiterates in the market to handle.

“We are not going to deprive people of their means of livelihood but if you say that you are a distributor of patent medicine, once you follow the regulations we’ll allow you handle the drugs that you are registered and licensed to handle in the correct premises.”

The Director General of Nigerian Agency for Food, Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii, said that the Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs was established to check people from importing, manufacturing and distributing or selling fake and counterfeit drugs in Nigeria.

The taskforce has powers to seal up any premises used for such illegalities.

-The Nation

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