Barely two months after assumption of office as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Professor Moji Christianah Adeyeye says the Agency has recorded giant strides in eliminating substandard, falsified and unsafe drugs, medical devices, foods and water.
Prof. Adeyeye disclosed that NAFDAC intercepted one trailer-load and two truckloads of unregistered pharmaceutical products at Dan Lami’s Trailer park Marine Beach, Apapa, on Monday, 5th of February 2018.
“The officers of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, through a tip-off by a whistleblower, intercepted a trailer and two trucks at the Dan Lami’s Trailer park, Marine Beach, Apapa”.
The following products were found in the vehicles:
- Royal 225 Tablet (Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg)
- Royal 250 Tablet (Tramadol Hydrochloride 250mg)
- Super Power (Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg)
- Super Royal (Tramadol Hydrochloride 200mg)
- Heegra 150 (Sildenafil citrate tab 150mg)
- Ibamol (Diclofenac Sodium Capsule 50mRead Also
The pharmaceutical products according to the NAFDAC DG, were all trans-loaded from 2x40ft containers with container numbers MRKU 5957468 and BMOU 2456840.
Meanwhile, the trailer driver, Mr. Emmanuel David Ukwoba and the Clearing Agent, Mr. Ezeanwu Ifeanyi, who was accompanying the two trucks were arrested and their statements taken.
An investigation is ongoing to unravel the owners of the consignments.
In a similar development, an investigative raid carried out at a purported medicine store belonging to one Mr. Isaac Okorie in Iwaya market off Capitol Road, Dopemu Agege on Friday 2nd February 2018 has exposed some suspicious products which include:
- Rohypnol tablets (Flunitrazepam 1mg
- Royal – 225 Tablets (Tramadol 225mg!)
- Diazapam tablets (Diazepam 10mg)
- Postinor 2 tablets (Levonorgestrel). The product is in an old label that have since been changed by the marketing authorization holder about 4 – 5 years ago.
- Talen tablets (Bromazepam 3mg)
- Cough ‘N’ Cold Syrup with Codeine
- Cofmix with Codeine Syrup
- Emzolyn with Codeine Syrup
- Hypnox tablets (Flunitrazepam 1mg)
- Valinex-5 tablets (Diazepam 5mg)
- Richcof with Codeine Syrup
- Codrux with Codeine Syrup
- Tutolin with Codeine Syrup
- Lara – 120 Capsules (Tramadol 120mg)
- Really Extra tablets (Paracetamol, Diclofenac, and Caffeine combination
Prof Adeyeye revealed that some these drugs are drugs of abuse or narcotics such as codeine and tramadol. The user and abuser of the drugs get addicted or dependent on the drugs upon repeated use. The addiction could lead to crime such as sexual abuse, robbery, murder and terrorism.
“Most of the people that use the drugs are young people below 40 years old. Families have been destroyed and dream lost as a result. Recognition of the consequences is important to our young people, parents, teachers and law enforcement. Let us help our youth by discouraging them and reporting cases of abuse in our communities. By so doing, we will be saving lives and families”.
The NAFDAC DG further disclosed that 6 other people have been arrested and are facing prosecution over their involvement in unwholesome practices including dealing on substandard and expired drugs.
She also revealed a case of food fraud which involved a willful revalidation of processed food products at Oke-Arin Market, Lagos:
- The revalidated products discovered include:
- Heinz Mayonnaise
- Heinz Sweetcorn
- Heinz Beans sauce
- Heinz Tomato ketchup
- Green Giant peas
“These products are adulterated and misbranded, and pose a tremendous health risk to the general public such as botulism,” she said.
The NAFDAC DG appealed to the Federal government and legislators to assist the Agency in its efforts but providing it with more vehicles to enable it achieve more in ridding the country of fake and substandard products. She also solicited a speedy passage of the bill on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods.