The Abia state Coordinator of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Olisa Okeke, recently disclosed that the agency has confiscated expired drugs worth over N5 million from a drug dealer in Ariaria Market, Aba, Abia State.
According to Mr. Okeke, the agency got a tip-off that the dealer was used to stocking expired drugs, changing their expiry dates and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public. NAFDAC took a giant step of investigating the shop where a whooping amount of expired drugs such as antibiotics, anti-emetic and anti-malaria drugs was confiscated having March 2017 as expiry date and awaiting re-validation.
The shop owner has been on the run and the agency has assured the Nigerian public that, he will be caught and moved to the agency’s enforcement unit in Lagos.
Mr. Okeke also said the agency had sanctioned more than 50 bakeries in Aba for claiming to be out of operations while functioning secretly and refusing to renew their NAFDAC licenses.
In another development, NAFDAC had also begun inspection of water-producing factories in Abia State to promote good health.