Thursday, July 21, 2016

NAFDAC Seizes 152 Cartons of Unregistered Drugs Worth N25m in Enugu

The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Wednesday confiscated 152 cartons of unregistered drugs particularly Diazepam tablets B.P. worth over N25 million.

Vanguard reports that the unregistered drugs which were manufactured at Mumbai, India by Shalina Laboratories PVT Ltd were released to NAFDAC by Customs Service officials who seized them at the Nigerian-Cameroon border in Cross River State.

The seized drugs were on Wednesday displayed at the agency’s office within the Enugu Federal Secretariat

Enugu State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Ikechuku Okoye, told newsmen that the Diazepam tablets B.P. 10mg were smuggled into the country through Calabar axis adding that Customs Service officials alerted his agency over the matter.

“What happened was an inter-departmental achievement. The customs in Enugu called us that they intercepted drug products at the Nigeria- Cameroon border and that we should come and check if they were within our jurisdiction.

“When we got there, we saw Diazepam, a controlled drug and we checked and found out that the product was not registered by NAFDAC; and the person was bringing it illegally. The customs now handed them over to us for further investigation,” Okoye said.

He, however, said that even if the unregistered drugs were genuine, they were controlled and should only be sold on prescription from qualified physicians, and not behind the counter.

“It is a sedative but we are still trying to get more information from the customs so that we will go for the person that brought them into the country because they are controlled and thus have to be registered by NAFDAC to monitor how they are being used.

“The drugs are worth over N25 million and I wonder why somebody will engage in a business worth such amount and preferred not to register it with NAFDAC but bring such illegally. It is unfortunate but NAFDAC is equal to the task”, the NAFDAC coordinator added.

The agency has in times past worked with state governments and other agencies to seize and destroy unregistered and harmful drugs.

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