The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has proposed a whistleblowing clause that would help to expose expired, fake, substandard medicines and unwholesome regulated products/sellers.
The North Central Coordinator, NAFDAC, Mrs Josephine Dayilim made the disclosure while speaking with journalist in Jos the Plateau State capital.
She explained that there would be an incentive to whistleblowers that led to the confiscation of expired, fake, counterfeit and substandard drugs and products.
She however added that if the information given out is false and probably with the intention of diverting the attention of the agency to allow unscrupulous elements to fill the market with fake products, such person would be handed over to the enforcement directorate of the agency for further interrogation.
She said that the agency is also advocating for a new law that would seek life term jail and confiscation of assets upon conviction of fake and counterfeit drugs vendors.
She said, “The current law stipulates a fine of N500, 000 or 15 year jail term for fake drugs sellers, but NAFDAC felt the punishment is mere compare to the harmful effects of fake drugs.”
She said the law also proposed compensation for the victims where counterfeit products is found to be the proximate cause of severe bodily injury, as well as to make counterfeiting a non-bailable offence.