9 February 2013

Nigerian Drug Manufacturers to Get WHO Certification This Year

Lagos — Some pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria may get the World Health Organization (WHO) certification this year to be able to produce over the counter drugs (OTC) for other countries.

Pharmacist Oyawale Anthony Bola, a former Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Chairman, Lagos State chapter, disclosed this in Lagos during the launch of Bradford Pharmaceuticals range of products.

According to him, the certification is key to Nigeria's pharmaceutical industry because it will enhance local drugs manufacturing capacity and create jobs since we would have opportunity to manufacture drugs for other countries of the world.

"This year, some of the pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria will be WHO certified to produce drugs for other people in the world. Our local pharmaceuticals will be the beneficiaries. Look at Bradford, they are championing OTC drugs and they are doing contract manufacturing too, that is capacity utilization," he said, adding that "this will provide more jobs to Nigerians and increase local production. These are things we can do here, we should be encouraged to do it."

He also noted that if the drugs are also manufactured here, they can be traced the drugs and fake ones detected and recall process becomes easier.

Unveiling the Bradford drugs, Bradford Pharmaceuticals Limited Chairman, Hon. Idowu Obasa said the drugs are manufactured 100 per cent in Nigeria.

The drugs include Bradmol a paracetamol syrup, Bradcuff Expectorant, a cough mixture, Bradferex Blood Tonic, a vitamin B complex and folic acid and Braferon Blood Tonic, a brand of bollod tonic which is prescription only medicine.

He said the drugs had been tested in several hospitals across Nigeria and had been found to be efficacious.

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