THE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Edo State has taken delivery of a truck load of unregistered pharmaceutical products worth N14.8 million from the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C.
The state coordinator of the agency, Mr David West, said “the truck laden with drugs worth N14,836,020 was intercepted by men of Nigeria Customs Services on routine patrol on the Benin–Asaba highway and, on closer examination, the consignment were discovered to be unregistered drugs.”
He said that no arrest was made as the driver of the truck absconded on sighting the men of the Customs Service.
The pharmaceutical products consisted of Ampiclox (ampicillin + cloxacillin) 250mg/ml; Nilstat (Nystatin) oral drops 30ml; Aeroline Evohaler 100mg; Optalidon (prophenazone + caffaome) tabs; Cicatrin Powder (Neomycin Sulphate + Bactracin Zin), Ibrumol capsules; Diclofen forte didofenac sodium caplets; Disprin Soluble Asprin tablets; Augmentin syrup in powder form 156.25mg/5ml and Dettol 100ml, were all said to be without NAFDAC registration number and were apparently heading for Onitsha before they were intercepted.
The pharmaceutical products, which were suspected to have been illegally imported into the country, had the countries of their manufacture as Pakistan, India and China.
Also, some unregistered animal drugs impounded by the Customs Servuce on the same route worth N237,500.00 were handed over to NAFDAC.
They included Citriaxone –sodique, Invomec’O – Ivermectin injection 1% and Oxybull – Oxytetracycline HCL Injection 1% with Germany and China as the countries of manufacture.
According to Mr West, the impounded truck load of unregistered drugs would be moved to NAFDAC’s Enforcement Directorate, Lagos, for further investigation.
He lauded Customs operatives for intercepting and impounding the truck, just as he called on members of the public to always report incidences of unregistered drugs and other NAFDAC regulated products to the agency.
Besides, NAFDAC called on sellers of beans, grains and related food products in Edo State to desist from using harmful chemicals that could result in food poisoning in treating the food items.