BY Anayo Okoli
Aba—The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has introduced True Scan Machine to medicine dealers in Aba to detect fake and adulterated drugs.
It also urged drug manufacturers and pharmacists to purchase the machine to enable them easily detect fake drugs.
NAFDAC introduced the machine to Aba drug traders when its officials visited the city and Umuahia, the state capital.
The NAFDAC team also used the occasion to raid patent medicine shops at the popular Ariaria Market in Aba and other parts of the city, in search of fake and adulterated drugs, using the True Scan Machine and sealed off 8 shops whose owners absconded.
Owners of the shops were said to have run away when they sighted the NAFDAC team, led by Mrs. Abisola Adekoya, Deputy Director, Ports Inspectorate Directorate.
The NAFDAC team, which was in the market with True Scan Machine, the agency’s new machine for testing drugs, with the aim of determining their efficacy or otherwise, said already about 28 states had been tested with the machine.
Speaking to journalists after the exercise, Adekoya, who displayed a lot of fake drugs mopped up in the city, lamented that there were lots of fake and unregistered drugs in the market.
According to her, the team noticed that some drugs that have been banned, such as Septrin, Ampiclox etc, are still being sold in the open market in Aba.