NAFDAC crackdown on illegal traffickers of herbal medicines in Kaduna | The Guardian Nigeria News


The National Agency for Food Administration and Control, Medicines (NAFDAC) has announced that it will crack down on unethical and illegal advertising of herbal medicines in Kaduna state.

State coordinator Nasiru Mato revealed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna.

He said the excesses and arbitrary advertising of herbal medicine products in the state were quite alarming and needed to be checked.

“Herbal medicines or traditional medicines, as they are often called, are as old as man himself, but lately the excesses and arbitrary advertising of these products are quite alarming.

“NAFDAC is legally mandated to regulate and control their manufacture, import, export, distribution, advertising, sale and use for safety, quality and efficiency.

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

Mato therefore advised sellers of traditional medicines to comply with the agency’s call for them to register and obtain certificates before advertising their products, in order to avoid penalties.

“NAFDAC is always ready to strengthen and regularize the practice of phytotherapy in accordance with its mandate to protect public health,” added the coordinator.

He reiterated the agency’s commitment to ensure strict compliance, as well as the adoption of massive education and outreach to bring all relevant stakeholders up to date.

The coordinator assured that the agency would continue to do its best to protect people’s lives without bankrupting anyone.

Mato warned, however, that NAFDAC would sanction any unethical practice detrimental to public health and safety.


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