The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has impounded a truckload of banned assorted pharmaceutical products including Codeine containing cough syrup in Lagos.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye stated that officials of the agency intercepted a truck carrying a 40 ft. container containing large quantity of suspected fake and adulterated medicines following a tip off from a concerned citizen.
Adeyeye stated that the seizure was carried out following a six-hour surveillance by operatives of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of the Agency. Officials intercepted the said truck at Oshodi enroute Mushin.
After a joint examination by operatives of NAFDAC, Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Police Force, the following products were found in the intercepted truck:
“Barcadin with Codeine (cough syrup) – 588ctns x 200bottles x100ml and Feed Fine (Cyproheptadine caplet) – 44ctns x 24rolls x 10pks x 3blisters x10caplets.
“Others are Really Extra (Diclofenac sodium tab) – 190ctns x 100boxes x 10pkts x 1x10caplets and Afrodic (Diclofenac sodium cap) – 207ctns x 100boxes x 10pks x 1x10caplets” – Adeyeye said.
Speaking further Adeyeye said one Mr. Luke Mba ‘M’ of No 9 Ehi Street, Ijesa, Lagos who accompanied the trailer and claimed to be the importer was arrested along with the driver.
Initial investigation suggests that the unregistered products were manufactured or imported from India into Nigeria through the Seme land border and allegedly heading for Onitsha, Anambra.
Adeyeye urged the public to report incidence of counterfeiting and adulteration of foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemical and packaged water to NAFDAC for prompt regulatory and legal action.