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Nigeria braces for drug scarcity as India suspends drug exports




The Nigerian pharmaceutical market is bracing for potential shortfalls in drugs as India has suspended the exportation of drugs to the country and others around the world.

This was highlighted by the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Mojisola Adeyeye two weeks ago as he lamented that Nigeria risks drug shortage as 70 percent of its drugs were imported from other countries.

She had said India was already feeling the drug insecurity because it bought most of its materials and active ingredients from China. “If India is feeling it, we should start praying, because we don’t manufacture anything here except water; we import almost everything – active and non-active ingredients, equipment etc. So it is a scary thing, and I have been emphasizing this from day one. We need drug security. Since we import 70 percent of our drugs, then, we are in trouble if such things happen”, she had said.

The Indian government blamed the coronavirus outbreak in China for the suspension saying the outbreak had made it difficult to purchase ingredients for many drugs.

The ban is to ensure home supply as experts warn that the country may face drug shortage if the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

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