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Gombe pharmaceutical society boss denies fake drugs report

By John Bulus
Chairman of Shongom Local Government Council in Gombe State, Mr. Sammy Barka, has denied allegations that officials of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, visited his Gwamdum Pharmacy shop last week, where they confiscated found drugs.

Barka told newsmen in Gombe that as the proprietor of Gwamdum Pharmacy and Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Gombe State Chapter, he would not trade on fake drugs and expressed surprise over the story, which he said was fabricated by his political opponents to tarnish his image.

He said as a pharmacist, he knew the danger inherent in such clandestine practice, stressing that NDLEA officials never visited the shop, not to talk of impounding fake drugs.

Meanwhile, investigations by Vanguard indicated that NAFDAC carried out a routine check in three local government areas of Gombe, including Akko, Biliri and Kaltungo.

A source from NAFDAC said the routine check was to forestall any attempt by patent medicine dealers to stock fake and substandard drugs.



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