NAFDAC destroys N15m worth of fake drugs in Kebbi
By; Kunle Sanni, Kaduna.
In a renewed offensive against menace of counterfeit drugs and other regulated products, the National Agency for Food and Drug administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed fake drugs worth over N15million in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.
A statement by Ephraim Anjembe of the PR unit made available to newsmen said Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii represented by the Federal Capital Territory Coordinator of the Agency, Mr. Abdulsallami Ozigis while carrying out the destruction exercise in company of community leaders and security agents said the exercise had become necessary to prevent the offensive products from making re-entry into the market and raise public awareness on the dangers of counterfeit regulated products, a release.
“The essence of destruction is to invariably prevent the seized products from finding their way back to the market. This will eliminate the dangers associated with the consumption of the spurious products to the consuming society” he was quoted as said.
Speaking further, Mr. Ozigis said eliminating the undesired regulated products from circulation will assist the medical practitioners and other stakeholders to render qualitative service to Nigerians and guarantee public safety.
Earlier, Kebbi State coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Garba Abubakar said the products were recovered from patent medicines stores, hawkers, supermarkets and other outlets across the state.
He stated that products destroyed included banned products like tramadol, prescription drugs like codeine containing cough syrups, various range of unregistered products, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals and food products.