Friday, January 11, 2013

Federal Goverment bans anti-rape drug

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had placed Flunitrazepam distribution under stricter control.
The drug widely known as a date-rape drug patented as Rohypnol by Pfizer and Swinol by Swiss Pharma, is sold under strict control in other countries because of the abuse by teenagers.
According to the restrictions announced Tuesday by NAFDAC, the drug can only be dispensed on doctors' prescription. Holders with authorization to market the drug will also submit quarterly reports to the agency.
The control followed approval from health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu and recommendations by the National Drug Safety Advisory Committee to prevent it's continual abuse.
The drug was allegedly used on Cynthia Osukogu, a 24-year-old postgraduate student of Nasarawa state university, who was drugged and killed last year in a hotel in Lagos by her Facebook friends.
"Until the recent incident which claimed the life of Miss Osukogu, there had not been any report in the database," NAFDAC director general Paul Orhii said at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
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