National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, will reduce substandard and falsified medicines to five per cent prevalence by Twenty-Twenty-five in the country.
Its Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, who made this known at a news conference in Abuja, said the last data on prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in Nigeria was sixteen point seven per cent.
She, however, added that the sixteen point seven per cent prevalence was forteen years ago, noting that it was time the agency did another survey to determine the present percentage of prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in the country.
Adeyeye explained that NAFDAC had been proactive and vigilant toward curbing substandard and falsified medicines in the country, and that the move became necessary to safeguard the health of the populace.
She said that the agency would make it mandatory to identify and test the active pharmaceutical ingredient in all imported and locally manufactured drugs in the country from January 2020; to ensure compliance with international standards.