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NAFDAC Exonerates Kaduna National Eye Centre of Avastin Crisis
By Dekera Nicholas
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has exonerated National Eye Center Kaduna from Avastin crisis.
The agency in its laboratory test report said that the avastin drug conform with standard certification process as the avastin drug storage and chemical composition were excellent.
From L-R: Senator Aisha Dahiru Adamawa central, Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe from Kwara South, Senator Matthew Urhoghide Edo South (Chairman)Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah Kebbi South and Senator Chimaroke Nnamani Enugu East at yesterday sitting with NAFDAC and National Eye Centre officials
Speaking on behalf of the Director General NAFDAC before the Senate ad-hoc committee in National Assembly the Director pharmoco-Vigilance Pharmacist Ali Ibrahim maintained that, “before we registered the avastin drug for use in Nigeria, it was trialed and proven to be effective, apart from the monitoring and effective tracking ”
NAFDAC however said, the National Eye Center patient had some side effects already indicated on the drug usage.
The Senate ad-hoc committee while commending National Eye Center said ” since the hospital has used the drug on 2113 patients in the past it could be that the patients actually had inflammation as stated as the drug’s side effects.”
National Eye Center Crew
The Senate ad-hoc committee Chairman of the ad-hoc committee Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Edo South senatorial District also stressed that Doctors in National Eye Center must always exercise caution in administering all drugs to avoid challenges and must not be discouraged because of what happened but continue to restore sight to Nigerians.
Also speaking the Chief Medical Director of National Eye Center Dr. Mahmoud Alhassan reiterated Eye Center’s commitment towards restoring sight of the avastin patient stressing that 7.6million naira has been spent on treatment, feeding and general welfare of the affected patients.