NAFDAC confiscates over N3 billion worth of banned, falsified drugs

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency has confiscated banned and falsified drugs estimated to be worth over three billion naira (N3,000,000,000).

This, according to her, is to ensure total elimination of fake, expired, substandard, banned, adulterated and falsely labelled medical products, other unsafe and unwholesome NAFDAC regulated products from circulation.

Adeyeye made this known at a virtual press conference to herald nefarious activities of businessmen indulging in the importation of unwholesome and falsified medicines and beverages in Nigeria.

Her words; “The banned and falsified drugs in the warehouses owned by one Chuka (Akuamia), who is still at large, is estimated to be worth over three billion naira (N3,000,000,000).

“Over 20 truckloads of the offensive products were evacuated from the two locations. The products were stored at temperatures above 40oc which ordinarily would denature some of the active ingredients and the excipients.

“Just last week Wednesday, (10th November 2021), the Agency arraigned one Mr Afemefuna Udensi of Phini Pharms Limited, Onitsha, at the Federal High Court, Lagos for importing fake Tramadol. The defendant imported a fake version of the registered brand. The investigation also revealed that the fake drugs were imported from China.

“The Agency has also observed that some fake and counterfeit products are brought into the country through a system known as “Groupage”. This is a system where more than two persons load containers with different items from the country of origin. It is collectively cleared and distributed to the owners of the items. This system aids and abets counterfeiting. The Agency has found that controlled, banned, and unregistered Regulated Products are usually concealed and brought into the country through this arrangement.

“In order to deal with the incidence of Food Fraud, the Agency is carrying out raid operations with tremendous success already recorded in the area of forfeiture of unwholesome processed cereals, beverages, and dairy products. In the nationwide raid which commenced in July 2021, seven (7) trucks conveying 4,578 cartons of various unlabeled, transparent nylon packed cereals worth over 60 million naira (N60, 000,000) were confiscated by the Agency,” she stressed.

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