BY SAIFULLAH MAHMUD, OCTOBER 13, 2023 | 08:46 PM
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and the National Health Insurance Authority, NHIA, have joined forces to bolster local pharmaceutical manufacturing in Nigeria.
The two agencies made this known on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued via social media by the bodies, the move is a commitment to ensuring a sustainable and affordable supply of high-quality medicines for citizens.
It explained that the collaboration between the agencies is in adherence to Executive Order 3 EO3, which emphasizes preference for local manufacturers whose facilities meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements and whose products are registered by NAFDAC.
However, the agencies highlighted the recently launched operational guidelines for the 2022 National Health Insurance Authority Act, NHIA, through a Memorandum of Understanding, which engages 12 pharmaceutical companies to produce 33 essential drugs.
'This collaboration, in adherence to Executive Order 3 (EO3), emphasizes preference for local manufacturers whose facilities meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements and whose products are registered by NAFDAC.
'In support of the recently launched operational guidelines for the 2022 National Health Insurance Authority Act, NHIA, through a Memorandum of Understanding, engages 12 pharmaceutical companies to produce 33 essential drugs,’ the statement added.
'This initiative, targeting seven states and the Federal Capital Territory in the pilot phase, aims to combat the perennial issue of out-of-stock syndrome in health facilities.'
NAFDAC's integral role involves certifying and approving these drugs for quality, safety, and efficacy, with post-marketing surveillance ensuring their exclusive use in healthcare facilities.
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