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Counterfeit Medicines in Nigeria


To familiarize yourself with counterfeit medication in Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), use NUsearch, our library catalog, to find some relevant secondary sources (e.g., news articles, journal articles). These secondary sources will provide you with information on the developments in awareness and regulation of this practice, relevant cases and legal materials, and active advocacy and interest groups in this area. 

Journal Articles

NUsearch is a good place to search for journal articles pertaining to foreign law topics like this one because it searches across journals from many disciplines (beyond just law) as well as journals published outside of the United States. For this topic, you can search for something like Nigeria AND "counterfeit medicine". Other terms: pharmaceutical, falsified, substandard, adulterated, medication, medical products, pharmacovigilance.

Here are a few articles on this topic to get you started: 

NGO, IGO, and Governmental Publications

Publications and reports from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and state governments are useful sources to help you understand international law topics and situations in specific countries. Examples of NGOs include Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Examples of IGOs include the United Nations or the African Union. 

Google Advanced allows you to run targeted searches across regular Google and limit your results to certain file types (e.g., .pdf) and/or search across a particular website (e.g., or domain (e.g., .edu, .org, .gov). The .int domain is reserved for international treaty-based organizations, UN agencies, and organizations or entities with observer status at the UN. The .org domain is often used by non-profit organizations, but can now be used by anyone. Using Google Advanced is particularly helpful when searching across government or NGO websites because these type of websites often lack great search functions.

See below for links to selected publication from organizations that work against the proliferation of counterfeit medicines. 

News Articles

News articles are a good way to identify recent laws or cases pertaining to freedom of information in Nigeria. To keep apprised of recent developments, consider setting alerts to receive notifications of when your search terms (e.g., Nigeria AND "counterfeit medicine") appear in news databases.