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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

NAFDAC Dispels Report Of ‘Killer’ Anti-Malaria Drugs In Circulation

Acting Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has dispelled claim that there are “killer” anti-malarial medicines in Nigeria. Dr. Yetunde Oni made this known while reacting to the list of 42 banned anti-malaria medicines released by the Senate. He spoke at a news conference in Lagos on Tuesday.

The Senate had raised fears that the drugs were in circulation in hospitals and pharmacies and consumed by Nigerians.

The NAFDAC boss said, “We want to douse the tension and correct the misinformation on the social and mainstream media about the 42 anti-malarial medicines purportedly banned by the European Union but allegedly circulating in the country.

“It is pertinent to mention that the allegedly banned anti-malarial medicines are oral monotherapies containing single Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) such as Artesunate as contained in Arinate tablet.

“Others are Amodiaquine as contained in Camoquine, Dihydroartemisinin contained in Alaxin tablet and Pyrimethamine contained in Daraprim tablet.”

“I wish to state categorically that these anti-malarial monotherapies are not recommended for treatment of malaria in Nigeria.

“The recommended anti-malarial medicines for treatment of malaria in Nigeria are Artemisin Combination Therapies (ACTs).

“The use of ACTs in the treatment of malaria is in line with the guidelines for the treatment of malaria, 3rs Edition, World Health Organisation 2015, Geneva Switzerland.”

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