Paracetamol Tablets Are Not Under-dosed – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has certified that all paracetamol tablets used in Nigeria are safe to use.

According to a statement from Sayo Akintola, the resident media consultant at NAFDAC, the organization was made aware of a recent social media post that claimed almost all paracetamol tablets marketed in Nigeria were under-dosed.

However, he said that the outcome of investigations on the matter proved the allegations “wrong and misleading”.

“We have received a copy of the publication of the research finding of the subject and we wish to state categorically that the report is misleading, and the science is questionable,” it said.

The statement revealed that as the quality culture of NAFDAC demanded, as soon as the agency became aware of the news, the director general had meetings with the respective directors and gave a directive that a market survey should be done to sample and test.

It said the DG has also met with the leadership of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) to inform them of the agency’s intent.

“NAFDAC’s laboratories are ISO 17025-certified every year to ensure that the procedures used for testing are based on international standards and the equipment or instruments used are qualified similarly.

“We do yearly post-marketing survey of medicines to ensure that the quality and safety are maintained. Where there is a deviation from this, i.e., whenever we find any regulated product to be substandard or falsified, NAFDAC regularly issues public alerts or do recalls,” it said.

NAFDAC said that in the last two years, it has issued 88 public alerts and ordered 32 recalls for medicines and foods.

“We are using this medium to assure the public that NAFDAC is using international standards and scientific method to survey the paracetamol product where samples are collected from different parts of the country in the right amount and will be tested using well calibrated and qualified state-of-the-art equipment or instruments.

“This is part of our routine regulatory post marketing surveillance among others throughout the life cycle of a medicine. We want to reiterate that NAFDAC has five ISO-17025 Laboratories across the country, and a WHO Prequalified Laboratory at Yaba, Lagos where medicines are tested for quality and safety.

“The laboratories test medicines using official monographs of British Pharmacopeia, United States Pharmacopoeia and International Pharmacopoeia. As soon as we finish the laboratory testing, we will update the public.

“NAFDAC wishes to reassure the public that the agency is very vigilant in her responsibilities in safeguarding the health of the nation.

“It is on this basis that NAFDAC has been recognized by WHO as a stable, well-functioning agency, and by other international partners as an organisation that places a premium on the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines, food and other regulated products.”

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