Experience has shown that some donated drugs have often not been relevant to the emergency situation for which they were donated or for the disease pattern, or for the level of care that was available. They may sometimes be unknown to local health professionals and patients and may not comply with locally agreed policies and standard treatment guidelines; they may even be harmful. In the light of this experience, the following measures shall be taken;
i All drug donations for use in the country shall be processed through the Federal Ministry of Health as a clearing house to ensure compliance with the guidelines for drug donations.
ii Donated drugs shall among other things be required to:
• be registered for use, both by the Drug Regulatory Authority of the donor country and in Nigeria,
• have at least twelve months remaining shelf life after arrival in the country, and
• be labelled in English to include its international non proprietary or generic name; and
iii. The Federal Ministry of Health shall put in place an adequate machinery for monitoring the distribution of donated drugs. In an emergency, the Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), shall immediately establish a co-ordinating body to assess and inform donors about national needs, approve donations, and co-ordinate their receipt and distribution.