By CHIOMA OBINNA, BUSOLA LIKOLO & Gabriel Olawale
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC last week clamped down on drug outlets in Ajah area of Lagos, shutting down four shops and arresting three persons in the process for stocking and selling fake unregistered banned drugs.
Officials of the Agency’s Enforcement Directorate led by Mr. Uche Chidi and a team of security operatives including journalists had stormed Ajah area of the state following what they described as “routine enforcement activities” aimed at riding the state of fake and unwholesome regulated products.
During the exercise, pharmaceutical outlets were thoroughly screened with the newly deplored hand-held anti counterfeiting device, TRUSCAN. In some of the shops screened fake, unregistered and banned drug products valued about N1 million were discovered and the owners arrested.
Owner of the fourth shop that was shut evaded arrest but a letter of invitation to the Agency’s office at Apapa was left for him. McDonald said the recent introduction of the new cutting-edge technologies by the present management had added a boost in that direction.
He warned that the enforcement exercise was on-going.Director in-charge of Enforcement Directorate, Mr. Garba McDonald later told the press, shortly after the raid, that the Agency was conscious of the dangers pose by fake drugs, and called on consumers to ensure that they purchase only genuine products registered by NAFDAC.
Macdonald explained that the Agency was intensifying its efforts to rid the markets of unwholesome products especially as the Yuletide is fast approaching. “We want to ensure that only products that meet up with the minimum international standard are sold in Nigeria.”