NAFDAC Confiscates N60m Worth Of Fake Drugs, Cosmetics In Lagos

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

Fake drugs and cosmetics worth N60 million have been confisticated in Lagos by operatives of the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The exhibits were said to have been recovered from a warehouse at the Trade Fair complex along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Said to have been allegedly owned by one Mr. Nzube, the goods were seized by officers of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of the Agency and police operatives who stormed the warehouse following a tip off.

According to report, the products were allegedly imported from China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Dubai.

The products, which include Glutathione Injection, Herbal Skin Doctor Collagen Ampoules, Lansexin in vial bottles, Kojic-San Injection Face Cream, B.F.G.F Collagen Polypeptide in vial bottles, amongst others,” were said.to have been evacuated with five trucks. 

The  Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye confirmed the report on Monday in a press statement.She explained that the injections and skin whitening pills are harmful and have several adverse effects including Stevens Johnson Syndrome, skin cancer/melanoma, kidney dysfunctions and failure, as well as its adverse effect on the liver.

The statement reads, “Following a tip off by a concerned citizen, officers of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of the NAFDAC and the police stormed the supermarket and warehouse owned by one Mr. Nzube at the Trade fair complex Lagos.

The warehouse was raided for possession, storage, importation, sales and distribution of dangerous and unregistered cosmetics.

Found in the store were Glutathione Injection, Herbal Skin Doctor Collagen Ampoules, Lansexin in vial bottles, Kojic-San Injection Face Cream, B.F.G.F Collagen Polypeptide in vial bottles, amongst others,” she said.

 The products were allegedly imported from China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Dubai.

Fiive trucks of about 56 assorted unregistered cosmetic products, worth over sixty million (N60,000,000) Naira were successfully evacuated from the warehouse.

“The Glutathione injections and skin whitening pills are harmful and have several adverse effects including Stevens Johnson Syndrome, skin cancer/melanoma, kidney dysfunctions and failure, as well as its adverse effect on the liver”.

Adeyeye appealed to Nigerians to, as part of their civic responsibility, report suspected incidences of counterfeiting and adulteration of cosmetics, drug, food and medical devices to NAFDAC for prompt regulatory and legal action. 

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