The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Monday, certified that paracetamol tablets on sale in Nigeria meet stipulated dosage standards and specifications in adherence with national and international regulatory requirements.
Also, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Christianah Adeyeye, described a recent report that nearly all paracetamol tablets in Nigeria are possibly underdosed as ‘false and unscientific’.
Adeyeye said NAFDAC will be taking action against the researchers.
She spoke at a press conference on the findings from the laboratory tests of paracetamol tablets in Lagos.
According to Adeyeye, said: “This is a 100% pass rate for the full compendia tests result for the 20 samples of paracetamol tablets tested.
“The assay was validated using British Pharmacopoeia testing methodologies. It is for precise and reliable assessments of the dosage levels in the sampled paracetamol tablets.”
Adeyeye explained that “Paracetamol tablets from 13 different manufacturers in Nigeria were sampled from Lagos and Abuja.
“A minimum of 20 tablets from each manufacturer were used for the assay analysis. The analysis was done by regulatory officers with verifiable analytical skills and competencies. They used the British Pharmacopoeia monograph 2023 Edition Volume.
The assay test determines the amount of active pharmaceutical ingredient in each tablet.”