Cracking Down on Killer Drugs: Dora Akunyili and the Nigerian Success Story

Counterfeit and substandard medicines pose an increasing threat to global health, especially in the developing world. They kill hundreds of thousands--maybe millions--every year, undermine incentives for research and development for new drugs, and are even beginning to infiltrate North American markets.

What can national governments and concerned individuals do to combat this growing menace? Nigeria offers a powerful model. Prior to 2002, over half the medicines traded in Nigeria were thought to be counterfeit. Today, that number is under 20 percent and falling, a remarkable reversal that owes a great deal to Dora Akunyili. As director general of the country's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Akunyili has spearheaded a campaign emphasizing more aggressive policing and more rigorous commitment to prosecuting counterfeiters--and she has succeeded in cracking down on the deadly trade.

AEI, in association with the Heritage Foundation, will host Akunyili to discuss lessons learned and ways forward for other countries threatened by counterfeit drugs. Tom Woods of Heritage will introduce Akunyili, and her presentation will be followed by discussion moderated by AEI's Roger Bate, whose book, Making a Killing: The Deadly Implications of the Counterfeit Drug Trade (AEI Press), will be published in May.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Roger
Bate

What's new on AEI

In year four of Dodd-Frank, over-regulation is getting old
image Halbig v. Burwell: A stunning rebuke of a lawless and reckless administration
image Beware all the retirement 'crisis' reports
image Cut people or change how they're paid
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 21
    MON
  • 22
    TUE
  • 23
    WED
  • 24
    THU
  • 25
    FRI
Monday, July 21, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Closing the gaps in health outcomes: Alternative paths forward

Please join us for a broader exploration of targeted interventions that provide real promise for reducing health disparities, limiting or delaying the onset of chronic health conditions, and improving the performance of the US health care system.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Comprehending comprehensive universities

Join us for a panel discussion that seeks to comprehend the comprehensives and to determine the role these schools play in the nation’s college completion agenda.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 8:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Who governs the Internet? A conversation on securing the multistakeholder process

Please join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a conference to address key steps we can take, as members of the global community, to maintain a free Internet.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Expanding opportunity in America: A conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

Please join us as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveils a new set of policy reforms aimed at reducing poverty and increasing upward mobility throughout America.

Event Registration is Closed
Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Is it time to end the Export-Import Bank?

We welcome you to join us at AEI as POLITICO’s Ben White moderates a lively debate between Tim Carney, one of the bank’s fiercest critics, and Tony Fratto, one of the agency’s staunchest defenders.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.