The Federal Government has been urged to deploy modern technology in checking the influx of fake drugs in the country.
A pharmacist and Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard Pharmacy Limited, Mr. Taofik Odukoya, made this call while inaugurating a branch of the company in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, last Saturday.
Odukoya appealed to the government to start the enforcement of strict control and regulations of drugs imported into the country.
Also, lamenting the lack of a standard distribution system in the Nigerian drug industry, he said, “There has been a campaign in the last two or three years by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria against the influx of fake drugs in the country. One of the solutions to this problem is by deploying modern technology.
“The only way we can track the distribution of fake drug in the country is through the use of technology. We do not have a standard distribution channel of drugs.
“But, if we can establish a good drugs distribution channel, it will make life easy in a sense that every drug coming in to the country will be monitored down to the last line. Through this you can recall drugs even when they are not fake.”
Odukoya noted that fake drugs found their way into the country in the past through negligence by some unscrupulous law enforcement agents who compromised their lawful responsibilities.