NAFDAC Destroys Counterfeit Goods Worth N650m
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed fake, counterfeit, sub-standard and expired drugs worth N650 million in Kaduna.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the destruction of the goods at its dumpsite in Buruku, Kaduna State, on Thursday, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Christian Mojisola Adeyeye, said the exercise was to get rid of spurious NAFDAC regulated products from circulation in Nigeria.
According to Prof Adeyeye, “The products being destroyed today are made of substandard and falsely labelled medicines, unwholesome foods products, costimetics and other counterrfeited products.
“Drug counterfeiting is an act of economic sabotage and also terrorism against public health.”
While commending the Federal Government over the ban on the use codeine syrup, the D.G. who was represented by the Acting Director, North-West Zone, Pharm. Gimba Dauda said, “the decision is to ensuring the reduction in the abuse of the substance.
“We have continued to aggressively pursue the goal tht only genuine medicines and wholesome foods of the right qualities are imported, exported, manufactured and distributed.
“We commend the President Muhammadu Buhari for re-instating NAFDAC personnel to our ports of entry and borders.”
She noted that the relentless effort of the federal government was helping in the increase seizures of counterfeited and substandard NAFDAC regulated products smuggled through the land borders.
She said that NAFDAC has deepened its collaboration with agencies of government and stakeholders to end the spread of fake and counterfeited drugs in Nigeria.
Part of the drugs, food, cosmetics and chemical destroyed included antibiotics, antimalarial, anti-hypertensive, anti-cancer, herbal remedies and controlled substances.