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NAFDAC smashes fake Viagra, Alomo Bitters syndicate

By Chioma Obinna

LAGOS—The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has smashed syndicates specialised in the faking and distribution of Viagra and Kasapreko Alomo Bitters, two popular performance enhancing drugs registered in the Nigerian market.

Announcing the arrest of the counterfeiters in Lagos yesterday, the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii, disclosed that the agency has confiscated the dangerous products, with its estimated street value running into several millions loaded in six containers.

The fake Viagra, the Director General noted, was labelled as Heragra and Ziagra, hinting that the counterfeiters who planned to flood the Nigerian market with the dangerous products also brought in unapproved dosage of Diclofenac, and Tramadol.

“The unregistered Heragra and Ziagra brands of sildenafil citrate (Viagra) tablets are usually registered in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg but the intercepted unregistered Heragra and Ziagra came in strength of 120mg.

His words: “These products are known drugs of misuse and abuse which can result in very serious health problems such as increased blood pressure, stroke, and ulceration of the gastro-intestinal tract.”

 

 

 

 


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