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NAFDAC Threatens To Arrest Producers Of Illegal Herbal Medicine

Ololade Omosan-Agie

The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has disclosed plans to clamp down on unethical and illegal advertisement of herbal medicines in Kaduna State.

According to the State Coordinator, Nasiru Mato on Monday, the excesses and arbitrary advertisement of these products in the state in becoming alarming and need to be checked.

He said, “Herbal medicines or traditional medicines as they are often called are as old as man himself, in recent times, however, the excesses and arbitrary advertisement of these products are quite alarming.

“NAFDAC is statutorily mandated to regulate and control their manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use for safety, quality and efficacy.

“As such, these products must undergo mandatory laboratory evaluation and subsequent certification and registration.”

Speaking further, Mato urged all traditional medicine vendors to register their businesses so as to obtain certificates to enable them advertise their business freely.

He, therefore, advised the traditional medicine vendors to comply with the agency’s call on them to get registered and obtain certificates before advertising their products, to avoid sanctions.

According to him, the agency will remain committed to ensuring strict compliance, as well as sensitisation program in the state.

“NAFDAC is ever willing to strengthen and regularise the herbal medicine practice in conformity with its mandate of safeguarding public health,” the coordinator added.

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