The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has seized more than five containers of suspected fake and unregistered drugs valued at N270million. The director-general, Dr Paul Orhii, made this known yesterday during a media briefing on the seized medical products, while parading two suspects involved in forgery of the agency’s documents and operating illegal production facilities that pose serious threats to public health.
He said that the containers, seized with the assistance of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), were filled with Heregra (120 Mg Tablets), Ziagra (120Mg Tablets), Tramadol (200 mg Capsules), among others.
This was contained in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja by the agency’s director of special duties, Dr Abubakar Jimoh. He said, “Unregistered Ziagra and Heragra brands of sildenafil citrate tablets are usually registered in 25 milligrammes, 50 milligrammes and 100 milligrammes. However, these unregistered products came at the strength of 120 milligrammes.”
Unregistered Tramadol came in as 200 milligrammes quick action and 200 milligrammes. The reference strength for Tramadol is 50 milligrammes, 100 milligrammes and 200 milligrammes (slow release dosage). While sildenafil citrate tablet is a prescription only medication (POM) for managing erectile dysfunction, tramadol is also a POM for managing severe pain and under strict control in Nigeria.”