Emmanuel Alfred

Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme, the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has blamed the sale, distribution and consumption of fake drugs in the country on weak and porous control systems.

Prof Ikpeme, who said this in a chat with journalists pointed at “chaotic’’ distribution networks as another reason why sale of fake drugs had become seemingly permanent in Nigeria.

He noted that at every layer of drug distribution, the rules guiding production and distribution of drugs were never followed.

He also advocated for closer monitoring and inspection of manufacturing processes and facilities, especially in offshore drug manufacturing companies, to ensure adherence to strict standards.

In his words: “Quality assessment and assurance laboratories should be set up in the country to conduct sporadic checks on imported or locally-manufactured drugs”.
“Regulatory agencies should also be strengthened while the use of special identification items like holograms and identification numbers which can be activated toll-free should be encouraged,’’ he stated.

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