BY CHIOMA OBINNA
Following the interception of a truck laden with assorted unregistered fake and counterfeit medicines valued at N35 million, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned drug importers that the ban on importation of medicines through land borders was still enforced.
The Agency has threatened to severely sanction anyone caught clearing goods not endorsed by it.
Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii who disclosed at briefing on recent seizures by the Agency, said the truck was intercepted at the Idi-Iroko land border with the goods labeled as manufactured in Ghana under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, ETLS, but actually originated from China.
Other seizure included a 20 feet container of expired Ferozin capsules, valued at N37 million, a 40 feet container of expired drugs and medical devices declared as used medical equipment meant for donation, 70 cartons of assorted expired drugs, 43 cartons of unregistered Mary Kay cosmetic products and several cartons of unregistered slimming herbal tea packed as dried fish.
There were also 29 large packages of Tramadol worth N18 million, fake steroid creams, Tempovate and Hyprogyl worth over N18 .5 million amongst others.
Orhii said NAFDAC through its E-Clearance system, had uncovered 50 importers / agents who took delivery of regulated products from the ports without endorsement and proper documentation with NAFDAC.”False declaration could have led to importation of fake and counterfeit regulated products,” he stated.