Fidson calls for support from NAFDAC against drug counterfeiting
Abiola Adebayo, operations director, Fidson Healthcare Plc
Fidson Healthcare Plc, a manufacturing giant yesterday called on stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry to lend a helping hand to the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration, and Control (NAFDAC) on the fight against fake drugs and their agents.
The fight against drug counterfeiting has affected the health and image of the country for so many years now, irrespective of the tireless efforts put in place by NAFDAC.
Speaking against the menace, the Operations Director of Fidson Healthcare Plc, Mr Abiola Adebayo said, the effects of drug counterfeiting on the country are devastating, affecting the industry and economy of the country.
Adebayo maintained that “It is imperative to see the on-going campaign beyond just one of NAFDAC, activities. The problem of fake drugs is neither a NAFDAC problem nor that of the pharmaceutical industry. It is a serious national issue because it has to do with human lives. Hence everybody, including pharmaceutical firms must join hands with NAFDAC in this fight.”
NAFDAC has moved against fake drugs syndicates, fostering public enlightenment campaigns and collaborating with other security agencies in the country.
Adebayo, however, called on stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry to support NAFDAC in the fight against those whose concern is to soil the name of the country.
Mr. Adebayo is a 1988 graduate of Pharmacy from the University of Lagos. He worked with Federal Ministry of Health Lagos as an Intern Pharmacist, later Glaxo Nigeria Plc. and CAPL as a Medical Representative before joining Fidson Healthcare Ltd in 1997 in the same capacity. He was elevated to the position of Sales and Marketing Manager in April 2001.
In 2004 he rose to the position of Sales and Marketing Director. He is currently the Operations Director of the company following a job swap.