NAFDAC seizes banned cough syrup in La­gos

Business Day (Nigeria) - - CITYFILE - JOSHUA BASSEY

The Na­tional Agency for Food Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Con­trol (NAFDAC) has im­pounded a truck­load of banned drugs in La­gos.

Moji Adey­eye, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NAFDAC, said of­fi­cials of the agency in­ter­cepted the ar­tic­u­lated truck car­ry­ing a 40 ft con­tainer con­tain­ing large quan­tity of sus­pected fake and adul­ter­ated medicines.

“Af­ter a joint ex­am­i­na­tion by op­er­a­tives of NAFDAC, Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice and the Nige­ria Po­lice Force, the fol­low­ing prod­ucts were found in the in­ter­cepted truck:

“Bar­cadin with Codeine (cough syrup) – 588ctns x 200bot­tles x100ml and Feed Fine (Cypro­hep­ta­dine caplet) – 44ctns x 24rolls x 10pks x 3blis­ters x10­caplets.

“Oth­ers are Re­ally Ex­tra (Di­clofenac sodium tab) – 190ctns x 100boxes x 10pkts x 1x10­caplets and Afrodic (Di­clofenac sodium cap) – 207ctns x 100boxes x 10pks x 1x10­caplets,” the NAFDAC boss said in a state­ment.

The NAFDAC DG added that, one Luke Mba, who ac­com­pa­nied the trailer and claimed to be the im­porter, was ar­rested along with the driver.

“Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion sug­gests that the un­reg­is­tered prod­ucts were man­u­fac­tured or im­ported from In­dia into Nige­ria through the Seme land bor­der and al­legedly head­ing for Onit­sha, Anam­bra.

“The agency has re­solved to pros­e­cute the sus­pect in this mat­ter when the po­lice hand him over to us.

“It is wor­thy of note that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment an­nounced a ban on the pro­duc­tion and im­port of cough syrup con­tain­ing codeine af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion into its ad­dic­tion epi­demic,” Adey­eye said.

She said that the agency was tipped-off by a con­cerned cit­i­zen that a truck con­vey­ing a 40ft con­tainer was trans­port­ing as­sorted sus­pected phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts to an un­known des­ti­na­tion.

“Op­er­a­tives of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and En­force­ment Direc­torate of NAFDAC on Wed­nes­day, mounted a six hour sur­veil­lance and in­ter­cepted the said trailer at Oshodi en route Mushin.

“Op­er­a­tives of the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice and Nige­ria Po­lice Force came on the scene to lend a help­ing hand, the trailer was even­tu­ally moved to the Area D Po­lice Com­mand, Mushin,” she said.

The NAFDAC DG urged all Nige­ri­ans to con­tinue sup­port­ing the agency in its quest to rid the so­ci­ety of sub­stan­dard and fake drugs and food.

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