The National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), yesterday announced that it had impounded a truck full of banned drugs in Lagos.
This announcement was made by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye, who explained officials of the agency intercepted the articulated truck carrying a 40 ft. container containing a large quantity of suspected fake and adulterated medicines.
“After a joint examination by operatives of NAFDAC, Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Police Force, the following products were found in the intercepted truck: “Barcadin with Codeine (cough syrup) – 588ctns x 200bottles x100ml and Feed Fine (Cyproheptadine caplet) – 44ctns x 24rolls x 10pks x 3blisters x10caplets.
“Others are Really Extra (Diclofenac sodium tab) – 190ctns x 100boxes x 10pkts x 1x10caplets and Afrodic (Diclofenac sodium cap) – 207ctns x 100boxes x 10pks x 1x10caplets,” the NAFDAC boss said in a statement.
Adeyeye also revealed the arrest of a man named Luke Mba who claimed to be the importer alongside the driver.
“Initial investigation suggests that the unregistered products were manufactured or imported from India into Nigeria through the Seme land border and allegedly heading for Onitsha, Anambra State.
“It is worthy of note that the Federal Government announced a ban on the production and import of cough syrup containing codeine after investigation into its addiction epidemic,” Adeyeye said.
She appealed to the public to report any incidence of counterfeiting and adulteration of foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemical and packaged water to NAFDAC for prompt regulatory and legal action.