National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday decimated lapsed, substandard and misrepresented therapeutic items worth over N2.8 billion.
Talking amid the activity, NAFDAC Director General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye said that the items were seized by the Agency from makers, merchants, wholesalers and lapsed items deliberately handed over to the Agency by agreeable organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Trade Unions.
“The evaluated road estimation of the items is N2, 675,896,538.20 while the road estimation of the prohibited Tramadol is N283,500,000.00.
Adeyeye clarified that the Agency has arraigned a few merchants for running foul of the law.
According to the information she passed across, “In the main quarter of 2019, Mr. Luke Mbah, was summoned at the Federal High Court, Lagos for carrying restricted and counterfeit 488 containers of Barcadin with Codeine (hack syrup), Fake 207 containers of Afrodiac Diclofenac Potassium tablets, Fake 44 containers of Feed-Fine Cyproheptadine tablets (50mg each) and Fake 190 containers of De Really Extra (Diclofenac Sodium tablet) worth N311,000,700.00
“One Mr. Madubuike Chukwunonye who purportedly sold Cough Syrup with Codeine to a BBC covert specialist in April, 2018 was charged at the Federal High Court, Lagos. Another man, Mr. Ebenezer Arimiwem, was indicted for the assembling, dispersion, bundling, marking and preparing of various brands of Counterfeit Cosmetic Products and was condemned to fifteen months in jail without a choice of fine.