The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has declared that it will no longer approve new registration for alcohol packaged in sachets.
The Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made this known on Tuesday February 12, 2019, in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
It was at an interactive session with stakeholders in food and drugs manufacturing.
The NAFDAC boss sadly noted that alcohol packaged in sachets had greatly contributed to increasing drug and alcohol abuse in the Nigerian society.
Adeyeye stressed that the agency would also phase out the use of pet bottles used in packaging of alcohol to address the increasing spate of abuse in the country.
Her word “The agency remains undaunted in its efforts to reduce the incidence of substandard and falsified products as well as the smuggling and abuse of various products”.
Adeyeye also noted that in order to encourage local manufacture of herbal medicines, the agency was collaborating with traditional herbalists and researchers.
In encouraging local manufacturing of medicines that are usually imported, she asserted that the agency will enforce a five- year importation permit given to manufacturers with a mandate that they produce five years plan geared towards local manufacturing upon renewal.
She however posited that the agency will also give five-year exclusive rights to companies to market their products without competition if they develop food and drugs that show demonstrable research and development innovation.
According to her, this development will be effective before the end of the first quarter of this year 2019.