Professor Christiana Adeyeye, Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control , has charged the public to report any form of illegal drug production within their environment.

Speaking in Lagos, in an interactive session with health correspondents, the Director-General, who was represented by Mrs. Abayomi Bolaji, a Deputy Director in NAFDAC, said counterfeit drugs had many health and economic consequences.

According to her, “counterfeit drugs pose a public health hazard, waste consumer income, and reduce the incentive to engage in research and development and innovation and the result of the use of these fake drugs could be poisoning, treatment failure, untreated disease and death.

Adeyeye said the magnitude of counterfeiting were significant and required strong as well as sustained action from the government, industry and consumers to ensure zero tolerance to fake drugs in Nigeria.

She highlighted various strategies engaged by NAFDAC at eradicating counterfeit drugs in the country, which include sustained public enlightenment, improved collaboration with national and international agencies.

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