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Ondo State Government clampdown on ‎fake drugs in the State

The State Health Commissioner, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju  after leading a raid on some pharmaceutical stores in Akure said government will not fold its arms and watch the people consume fake drugs. 

L-R : Members of Ondo State Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs: Dr. Taye Oni, Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health - Pharm Wole Ojo, Ondo State Director of NAFDAC - Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, State Commissioner for Health - Dr. Koledoye, CMD State Specialist Hospital Akure, during the inspection tour on drug stores in Akure, Ondo State.
L-R : Members of Ondo State Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs:
Dr. Taye Oni, Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health – Pharm
Wole Ojo, Ondo State Director of NAFDAC – Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, State
Commissioner for Health – Dr. Koledoye, CMD State Specialist Hospital
Akure, during the inspection tour on drug stores in Akure, Ondo State.

It would be recalled that the state government worried by the menace of fake and counterfeit drugs, last year inaugurated a Task Force as well as procured the Tru-drug scan machine capable on detecting fake drugs on the spot. 

The first port of call for the Task Force was the Pharmacy Department of the State Specialist Hospital where the team certified that all drugs that were dispensed were original and certif‎ied by relevant regulatory agencies. 

The team them moved to Mak Owoeye and Wel‎fast Pharmacies along Hospital Road where the drugs passed the Tru-drug scan test. 

However at Tesy Patent Medicine Store also along the Hospital Road, the team was forced to seal up the shop because  some of the drugs failed the Tru-drug scan test, in addition to seeing injectibles without authorisation. 

Speaking after the exercise, the State Health Commisioner, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju said government has done so much in providing qualitative healthcare for the people viz-a-viz programmes and policies, facilities, and manpower and would not allow this to be undermined by circulation of fake drugs. 

Dr Adeyanju said the raid on pharmaceutical ‎stores is therefore to get rid of the fake and adulterated drugs as well as end all sharp practices by the sellers. 

He assured merchants of fake drugs that it won’t be business as usual as Task Force would move round the State and anyone found culpable will face the wrath of the law. 

Adeyanju was corroborated by the State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Wole Ojo who noted that in addition to having their shops sealed up, owners would be sanctioned in line with extant laws.

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