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NAFDAC Advocates Stiff Penalty for Drug Offenders

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Image:Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii

Not satisfied with some sections or provisions in the law which spelt out punishment for offenders, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has canvassed stiff penalty for any culprit caught in the act.

And for such punishment to be implemented, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, Thursday disclosed of plan to review the current laws especial the one bordering on the use of counterfeit drugs and other related products.

Speaking at a one-day sensitisation workshop for NAFDAC shareholders, Orhii said the present law which stipulated a fine of N500,000 or 15 years jail term on conviction of any offender should be replaced with life imprisonment.

The Director General, who was represented by the Akwa Ibom State Director of the Agency, Mr. Francis Ifem, said the review of the law would be in line with the international standard.

“The agency is reviewing the current law which stipulates a fine of N500,000 or 15 year jail term upon conviction, to make our laws serve as a deterrent and be in line with international requirements for the regulation of food, drugs and other related products,” he said.

If finally accepted, he said the proposed law seeks life jail term and confiscation of assets upon conviction including the compensation of victims if products are found to be the proximate cause of death or severe injury on the victim.
Noting the theme of the workshop, “Adulterated and Substandard Regulated Products,” he said NAFDAC was committed to ensuring that any offence committed by drug dealers, who are wont to selling counterfeit drugs, would not be a bail-able upon conviction.

According to him, counterfeit drugs were those deliberately and fraudulently mislabelled as well as those with wrong and inactive ingredients.

Article Credit: Punch Newspaper

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