By Chioma Obinna
The fight against fake drugs received a boost yesterday in Lagos with the closure of Idumota open -drug markets by the state’s Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods.
At least over 1,253 illegal pharmaceutical outlets were sealed in central Lagos during the raid done in collaboration with the state branch of the Pharmacists Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Pharmaceutical Inspectors Committee (PIC), State Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Police Force.
This is coming on the heels of a recent survey by the Lagos State Branch of PSN which put incidences of drug faking to about 53 per cent in Nigeria.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the raid, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Health, Pharm.
Toyin Hamzat expressed worry that data at the ministry’s disposal which revealed that the number of open drug markets which were few in 1988 now exists in virtually every state capital of the country.