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NAFDAC destroys N2.8bn unwholesome products

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…prosecutes four importers

By Gabriel Olawale

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday destroyed expired, substandard and falsified medical products worth over N2.8 billion.


Speaking during the exercise, NAFDAC Director General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye said that the products were seized by the Agency from manufacturers, importers, distributors and expired products voluntarily handed over to the Agency by compliant companies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Trade Unions.

“The estimated street value of the products is N2, 675,896,538.20 while the street value of the banned Tramadol is N283,500,000.00.

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Adeyeye explained that the Agency has prosecuted some importers for running foul of the law.

According to her, “In the first quarter of 2019, Mr. Luke Mbah, was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Lagos for smuggling banned and fake 488 cartons of Barcadin with Codeine (cough syrup), Fake 207 cartons of Afrodiac Diclofenac Potassium tablets, Fake 44 cartons of Feed-Fine Cyproheptadine tablets (50mg each) and Fake 190 cartons of De Really Extra (Diclofenac Sodium tablet) worth N311,000,700.00

“One Mr. Madubuike Chukwunonye who allegedly sold Cough Syrup with Codeine to a BBC undercover agent in April, 2018 was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Lagos. Another man, Mr. Ebenezer Arimiwem, was convicted of the manufacture, distribution, packaging, labelling and processing of different brands of Counterfeit Cosmetic Products and was sentenced to fifteen months in prison without an option of fine.

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