The Fight the Fakes Alliance is pleased to welcome Adesanya Oluwaseun Adedotun as its first Goodwill Ambassador. Adedotun, the Assistant Director of the Drug Division in the Post Market Surveillance DGO at National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria, and World Health Organization (WHO) Focal Point on Substandard and Falsified Medical Products, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role.
The Fight the Fakes Alliance Goodwill Ambassadors are individuals who play a significant role in advancing the organisation’s mission and goals thanks to their position, experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Adedotun’s appointment comes at an important time, both during the 76th World Health Assembly (WHA) and for Africa Day marked on 25 May, merging the sentiment of the urgent need to raise awareness and encourage action against substandard and fake medications in Africa.
Nigeria, as well as many other African countries, faces a critical situation concerning substandard and falsified medicines. However, there is hope on the horizon for Nigeria. Recent efforts to combat this issue in the country have gained momentum thanks to the widely mandated Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) for medicines. The Fight the Fakes Alliance acknowledges these commendable initiatives and eagerly anticipates collaborating with Adesanya to address the challenges. Innovative digital tech solutions are key in the fight against substandard and falsified medical products.
The Fight the Fakes Alliance is thrilled to welcome Adesanya Oluwaseun Adedotun as its first Goodwill Ambassador. With his extensive knowledge and dedication, Adedotun’s collaboration with the Alliance promises to strengthen the fight against substandard and falsified medicines. The news also underscores the growing recognition of the importance of addressing this critical issue, not only in Nigeria but across the globe.
Adesanya Oluwaseun Adedotun began his career as a pharmacist at the National Assembly Clinic, Nigeria in 2004, his passion for excellence and professionalism made him leave after his internship and the mandatory one-year National service in 2006.
Young, brave, and dynamic Adesanya ventured into private practice by establishing and investing in the retail pharmaceutical sector. A firm he led until he heeded the call to service in 2009.
In 2009, he joined the food and drugs regulatory agency of Nigeria; the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as Senior Regulatory Officer, he was promoted to the rank of an Assistant Director in 2022.
Oluwaseun Adesanya joined the fight against substandard and falsified (SF) medical product in 2018 when he was appointed WHO/NAFDAC Focal point on SF medical product by the Director General (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Christiana Adeyeye. He is actively involved with efforts to mitigate against issues related to SF medical product at the National, Regional and International level.
He has attended several trainings and courses across the globe and has several awards of excellence in several categories.
He is currently the Chair of the WHO Africa Regional Network of Focal Point for Substandard and Falsified Medical Product.
Adesanya Oluwaseun is happily married to Adesola and the union is blessed with wonderful children.
About Fight the Fakes Alliance: The Fight the Fakes Alliance (aka ‘Fight the Fakes’) is an inclusive multi-stakeholder association including partners from across the medicines supply chain, that aims to raise awareness and influence change about fake and substandard medicines. Membership of the Alliance is open to business and non-profit organisations, as well as academic institutions and youth groups. Private sector companies can join the Alliance as corporate partners via a separate membership scheme. Find out more at www.FightTheFakes.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.