By Aderogba George
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it seized a Mercedes truck loaded with banned and unregistered drugs in Asaba, Delta.
A statement signed by NAFDAC resident media consultant Mr. Olusayo Akintola said the agency’s chief executive, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday.
The statement quoted Adeyeye as saying that the agency had decided to ensure that only healthy drugs and other regulated products were available in markets for public use and consumption.
The director-general said that a Mercedes truck suspected of transporting substandard and falsified drugs was intercepted along the Asaba-Benin road by officers from the Investigation and Law Enforcement Directorate. agency, following an intelligence report.
According to her, after careful examination, the truck contained, among other products, improperly stored tetanus toxoid vaccine against diphtheria and various unregistered, banned and controlled drugs.
She said part of the medication includes Analgin injection, CSP with codeine cough syrup, Mepacrine HCL tablets, diethylcarbamazine citrate tablets, Dano tetanus vaccine, injection of artestunate and many more.
Adeyeye explained that the products had been evacuated, that inventories had been made while the suspects with boxes containing the products made statements to the police and were released on administrative bail.
According to the NAFDAC boss, further investigations revealed that the truck was carrying drugs purchased from the Ogbo-Ogwu Bridge Head market in Onitsha, Anambra, to supply them to retailers in Warri, Delta.
“The outlets that are primarily located in Warri are Pendrix Pharmacy, Samtex Pharmacy, Onos Pharmacy, Chima Patent Medicine Store, Imoson Patent Medicine Store, Sam-C Patent Medicine Store, Sunshine Patent Medicine Store and Hyunus Patent Medicine Store respectively.
“Others are Chuks Patent Medicine Store, Solomon Patent Medicine Store, Friday Patent Medicine Store, Madame Faithmax Patent Medicine Store, Omas Pharmacy, Evans Patent Medicine Store, Chiyere Patent Medicine Store
and Philo Patent Medicine Store, Bridge Head Market, Onitsha, ”she said.
Adeyeye, however, warned drug dealers to always have the general well-being of Nigerians at heart beyond any other pecuniary consideration, stressing that there is no longer a hiding place for them.
She also warned them to stop the flow of illicit business and dangerous drugs that could compromise the health of Nigerians. (NOPE)
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