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NAFDAC seizes N30m expired drugs in Onitsha

BY TONY EDIKE

ENUGU – National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, impounded 450 cartons of re-labeled expired drugs worth N30 million in Onitsha.

The re-labeled expired drugs included Cypron, CeneXcream and Beytucen.

Director,  NAFDAC Zonal Office in Onitsha, Mr. Benson Kine, told newsmen that the consignments were discovered through intelligence gathering by the agency’s officials.

The director  said the suspect confessed that he initially bought 900 cartons of the three expired products but sold most of them before he was arrested last week.

Kine said the drugs were genuine drugs from Orange Drugs Ltd, adding that the suspect had bought and kept them; and that when they expired  in 2009, he decided to re-label and sell them in the market again.

He said: “The suspect,  had kept 900 cartons of expired drugs suspected to be genuine products of Orange Drugs Limited where he was re-labeling them and selling to the public after it expired in 2009.

“He then went and produced another cover for it and changed the expiring date, which was 2009 to 2015.

“Our greatest concern is that the suspect must have pushed some of the expired drugs into the market before he was arrested.’’

The suspect (names withheld) said he bought the drugs when they have not expired, adding that when they eventually expired in his custody, he  stored them in his warehouse.


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