NAFDAC obtains counterfeit drug detection machines worth $2.45m

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) announced the purchase of 43 Truscan scanning machines worth $2,451,000 to ensure the quality and quantity of drugs manufactured and imported into the country.

It also stated that as part of its new initiative to enable global trade of Nigerian-made pharmaceuticals through collaborative registration with other regulatory agencies, it would achieve World Health Organization Maturity Level four and World Listed Authority Status by the first quarter of 2024.

A TruScan is a hand-held device used for on-the-spot detection of counterfeit medicines. It allows regulators and law enforcement agents to conduct field-based screening of pharmaceutical samples to quickly and accurately identify counterfeits.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this at a press conference held on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to her, the new initiative will also enable the agency to attain Vaccine Lot Release ML4 to position Nigeria strategically for vaccine manufacturing.

Adeyeye said, “It will ensure good manufacturing practice of Nigeria vaccine companies and assure quality, safety and efficacy of vaccines manufactured in Nigeria or imported.”


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