Drugs are an important obstacle that needs to be overcome by any country if it wants to progress. The entire world is united in this fight against drugs, but there are still lapses. Recently, the Nigerian Senate has decided to launch an independent investigation into the reports it has received regarding the prevailing circulation of 42 anti-malaria drugs, which have been banned by the European Union. The reports state that these drugs are still in use in pharmacies and hospitals in Nigeria.
This is a volatile situation that needs to be taken care of. EU countries were told to ban any substances having artequin, co-arinate, arco, artecon, plasmotrin and dialquin. These drugs are still being hoarded and sold in the Nigerian market. Artesunate, one of the banned drugs, can be found in a lot of Nigerian households.
The lawmakers found that these banned drugs were especially popular in the rural areas of Nigeria where people were ignorant of the harmful effects of these drugs. They simply bought the drugs over the counter and the fact that they did not need prescriptions gave them easier access.
Why were they banned?
These 42 anti-malaria drugs were previously banned by the EU because of the adverse effect they were having on the consumers’ health. They were even known to cause kidney failure. Senator Theodore Orji, a representative of the Abia Central Senatorial district, raised this motion to lay more importance on drug investigations as they were harmful. He stated that the Nigerian people are consuming drugs that have been known to pose significant danger to the human health.
What is the next step?
Orji criticised the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and the Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON, for not being attentive enough to this rising problem. He pointed out how easy it had become to use sub-standard or fake products as commodities in the market. In fact, these banned drugs can be easily bought in Nigerian pharmacies even without a prescription.
Mike Ogirima, who is the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, has a confirmation about the delisting of these drugs in the European Union. So, the Senate has wasted no time in launching an investigation into the authenticity of the reports. Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, commented that Nigeria should take the initiative to do some stand-alone research instead of depending totally on global bodies like the EU and WHO.
The whistle-blowing bill passed by the Senate will help in the fight against this kind of corruption. It encourages people to come forward to come forward with their accounts of unjust practices and illegal dealings that they have witnessed. These matters are then dealt with by the law and the government. It aims to protect the whistleblower from repercussions of his act too.
The Nigerian government is taking steps to fight corruption on every front. This recent drug problem needs to solved as soon as possible, or it might escalate beyond recovery. It is really alarming how banned drugs are being sold openly in the market.
“It notes that the 42 Anti-Malaria Medications are:
- 1. Alaxin 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B / 8
- 2. Alaxin oral suspension (dihydroartémisinine) FL / 80ml
- 3. Amodiaquine 200mg compressed B / 1000
- 4. Amodiaquine 200mg compressed B / 1000
- 5. Arinate 100mg tablet (artésunate) B / 6
- 6. Arinate 50 mg tablet (artésunate) B / 6
- 7. Arsumax 50 mg tablet (artésunate) B / 12
- 8. Artemax 60 mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B / 8
- 9. Artémédine 40 mg capsule (artemether) B / 12
- 10. Artémédine 50 mg tablet (artemether) B / 12
- 11. Artenam 50 mg tablet (artemether) B / 14
- 12. Artenam 60 mg tablet (artemether) B / 8
- 13. Artésiane 300 mg child powder oral suspension (artemether) FL / 38g
- 14. Artésunate 100mg compressed B / 120
- 15. Artésunate 50 mg tablet B / 120
- 16. Artexin 60 mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B / 8
- 17. Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B / 9
- 18. Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B / 25 blisters
- 19. Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B / 55 blisters
- 20. Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiquine) B / 24 P
- 21. Camoquin 600 mg tablet (amodiaquine) B / 3
- 22. Camoquin oral suspension 50mg / 5ml (amodiaquine) FL / 60ml
- 23. Cotecxin oral suspension (dihydroartémisinine) FL / 80ml
- 24. Cotecxin 60 mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B / 8
- 25. Daraprim tablet (pyriméthamine) B / 30
- 26. Falcinil 50mg tablet (artésunate) B / 12
- 27. Flavoquine oral suspension 50mg / 5ml (amodiaquine) FL / 90ml
- 28. Flavoquine 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B / 16
- 29. Flavoquine 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B / 240
- 30. Gunate strong tablet (artésunate) B / 6 gvs labs
- 31. Tvitter powder oral suspension (artemether) FL / 100ml
- 32. Halfan 250mg tablet (halofantrine) B / 6
- 33. Halfan 250mg tablet (halofantrine) B / 120
- 34. Halfan oral suspension 5mg / 5ml (halofantrine) FL / 45ml
- 35. Malartin 200mg tablet (artésunate) B / 6
- 36. Malartin 50 mg tablet (artésunate) B / 12
- 37. mmh-malarex 450 mg capsule (peschiara fuchsiaefolia) B / 20
- 38. Paludrine 100mg tablet (proguanil) B / 56
- 39. Plasmotrim 200mg tablet (artésunate) B / 25 blisters / 6
- 40. Plasmotrim 200mg tablet (artésunate) B / 6
- 41. Plasmotrim 50 mg lactab (artésunate) B / 12
- 42. Plasmotrim 50 mg lactab (artésunate) B / 25 blisters / 6 Read