Fake and expired drugs worth about N20 million has been destroyed by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in Katsina State. The destruction followed Tuesday’s similar destruction by the agency of drugs and related contraband worth over N300 million seized by Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, from smugglers. NAFDAC Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, during the destruction exercise yesterday said the drugs include expired, substandard and unwholesome drugs seized during surveillance activities.
Orhii, represented by the agency’s North West zone coordinator, Mr. Eric Iful, added that some of the drugs were handed over by authorities of NAFDAC, Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, and the NCS. He said destroying such drugs would keep them from finding their way back to the doorsteps of Nigerians, even as he expressed confidence that NAFDAC is winning the war against fake and counterfeit drugs in the country.
He said the agency had adopted strategies that include sustained public enlightenment, WHO prequalification, use of cuttingedge technologies, among others to “rid the country of counterfeit and substandard drugs.” He, however, called on public members to ensure batch number, manufacture and expiry date, as well as NAFDAC “registration number is on regulated products before use.”