The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) has restated its determination to curtail activities of perpetrators of fake products in the country. The agency has also described those who indulge in the shady business as enemies of the country, who are bent on destroying the economy as well as endangering the lives of consumers. NAFDAC Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, who spoke in Lagos when the agency intercepted and made seizure of 4X40ft and 1X20ft containers filled with various unregistered and suspected fake drugs, said the agency will not rest until people involving in importation and manufacturing of substandard products are rid off in the market.
According to the DG, the discovery of the containers at the APM Terminal in Lagos, was possible as a result of the cooperation of Nigeria Custom Service, Apapa Area Terminal Command and the APM Terminal Operators.
Orhii said NAFDAC’s concerted efforts to rid the nation of all forms of substandard, fake and counterfeit regulated products as reflected in increased surveillance have led to several interception and seizures of large containers as well as arrest of suspects involved in forgery of NAFDAC documents and operating illegal production facilities that pose serious threat to public health.
He said the five containers were first sighted by NAFDAC inspectors during routine examination at the APM Terminal in October last year with the following products: PCIU – 8060942 (40ft) – Heragra 120mg Tablets, PCIU – 8281060 (40ft) – Ziagra 120mg Tablets, PCIU – 6304442 (40ft) – Tramadol 200mg Capsules (Quick Action), among others.
On the side effect of the products, he said: “These products were imported in a strength that can result in very serious health problem when taken by ignorant and unsuspecting patient. They are known drugs that have been abused and so can result in serious health problem such as strokes, Ulceration of the gastro-intestinal tract, tolerance and dependence.”
The NAFDAC boss also pointed out that the implications of overdose of this drug are stoke, liver disease, kidney disease, swelling of the tongue and various skin disease.
In another development, the agency has announced the arrest of one Mr. Akintunde Smith of Akanni Street, Teddy Village, Lagos, where he was producing counterfeit and unwholesome Kasapreko Alomo Bitters among other popular alcoholic beverages. The registered Kasapreko Alomo Bitters is manufactured in Ghana by Kasapreko Company LTD.
Orhii, who described the action of the culprit as being inimical to public health further stated Akintunde has been operating without due regard to the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for years.
He also announced the arrest of one Mr. Kenneth Kelechi Nnandi of D.C Akason Investment LTD, 12 Oyekan Street, Apapa, Lagos for forgery of NAFDAC Payment Advice to clear 14 X 40ft containers of Paraquant for agricultural use.