Slow Progress on Fake Drug War in Northern Nigeria

Pharmaceutical drug-sellers in the northern city of Kano are fighting moves by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to close their businesses as it tries to clamp down on counterfeit drug sales in Nigeria.

Most of northern Nigeria’s counterfeit drugs are sold in Kano – the commercial hub of the north – and most of those in Sabon Gari market, where drug traders operate without regulation, according to NAFDAC. Kano’s population of 9.2 million also provides a huge market for pharmaceutical drugs.

“Anyone can go and buy any kind of drug without control or a prescription, with most of them fake drugs sold like vegetables,” said Ibrahim Musa, a doctor at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

NAFDAC and Kano State health officials have long accused Sabon Gari traders of running a thriving counterfeit drug business, complete with fake drug warehouses. The most common counterfeit drugs are antibiotics and anti-malarials.

– Read the entire article at IRIN.