The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has condemned lavish media advertisement for herbal drugs.
The Acting Director of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni, had a one-day Sensitization Workshop in partnership with Christabel Consultants for members of National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers held in Amawbia, Anambra state.
There he decried the massive media advertisement that tends to give undue credence to the bogus claims by sponsors of most of the unregistered and uncertified herbal formulations.
Oni was represented by NAFDAC Unit Director, Dr Mrs Esenwa.
He noted sadly that “herbal products found their way to shops and markets with claims of what they can cure which at the end of the day results to false claims, and unfortunately the products are advertised in the radio and television houses”.
NAFDAC South East zonal Coordinator, Mr Dauda Gimba, in his presentation listed health complications, treatment failure, organs destruction, drug reactions, increase resistance to drugs, economic waste and deaths with pains for members of the family as parts of effects of these unsubstantiated claims by herbal formulae promoters.
He noted that temperature could adversely affect the potency of certain drugs, urging for proper storage of drugs.
He said “If you must handle these items that are unstable under certain temperature, you must be careful with the way you transport them and for some, there is need to store them with ice packs until you get to their final destination where you can store them in the refrigerator.
“There are lifesaving drugs which every medicine seller must have with the target to save lives.
Speaking, the Public Enlightenment Consultant to NAFDAC, Mrs Christabel Okoye said the agency had reviewed relevant laws for stiffer penalties for fake and substandard drug offenders.
“This vision of combating substandard fake drugs should be for all and we urge all and sundry in this business to assist in this fight , by reporting any case of adulteration and fake products to NAFDAC for swift action, no sane person throws stone in a market because the result may be drastic” she said.
From Chuks Collins, Awka