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NAFDAC evacuates over N3bn banned, falsified drugs in two warehouses

NAFDAC evacuates over N3bn banned, falsified drugs in two warehouses
…begins raid in markets, supermarkets for smuggled, unregistered products
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has confiscated banned and falsified drugs estimated to be worth over N3 Billion in Lagos State.
 
This came as the Agency revealed it has started raiding markets and supermarkets primarily to mop up all products not registered with the Agency, especially unregulated products smuggled into the country.
 
Director General of NAFDAC, Prof.  Mojisola Adeyeye who made these known on Friday via a virtual press conference to expose the nefarious activities of some business men, reiterated the Agency’s resolve 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 who disclosed that two warehouses raided at the TradeFair Complex in Lagos State contained  over N3 billion worth of fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods, noted that over 20 truckloads of the offensive products were evacuated from the two locations, while the importer is still at large.
 
She said: “Multiple cartons of banned drugs including 10 cartons of Tafradol (Tramadol 225mg) found. It is pertinent to mention that any strength above 100mg not registered is banned due to its deleterious effects on vital organs of the body such as the central nervous system and the brain. 
 
“Furthermore, 1,200 cartons of banned Analgin Injection (2.5g/5ml), 2,200 cartons of banned Codeine in Syrup, suspected fake 500 cartons of Azmal; Artemeter Injection, 534 cartons plus 300 packets of Biomal: Artesunate Injection, 188 cartons of Hydra and Black Cobra (silderzafil citrate 200mg), 198 cartons of Super Artesunate Injection among others, were discovered and evacuated.
 
“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 NAFDAC Boss further noted that the Agency arraigned one Mr. Afemefuna Udensi of Phini Pharms Limited, Onitsha, at the Federal High Court, Lagos last week, for importing fake Tramadol which investigation unveiled were imported in 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.
 
The sources of these various falsely packed cereals and dairy products cannot be verified and therefore NAFDAC cannot guarantee the safety of the products for consumption. During one of our operations, a suspect declared that the CocoPops, CornFlakes and Oats being displayed for sale in transparent nylons were sourced from LAWMA waste disposal trucks before repackaging into transparent nylons. 
 
“The public is hereby warned not to purchase cereal or other products that have been removed from their primary packaging so as not to jeopardize their health. The Agency is particularly pained because infants and children are the target and the ultimate victims of such wicked and evil activities.
 
 “The Agency has also commenced the raids of markets and supermarkets with the aim of mopping up unregistered NAFDAC products. 
 
“This is in response to credible intelligence indicating that importers are smuggling into the country unregistered Regulated Products during this festive period. Consumers are hereby enjoined to ‘shine their eyes’ when making purchases of products and should not patronize roadside and street vendors.
We solicit the cooperation of the public, corporate bodies, religious leaders, traditional rulers, health practitioners, gentlemen of the press and all stakeholders in our effort to rid the nation of fake and unwholesome products
 

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