The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday destroyed fake, substandard goods and products worth more than N4.2 billion in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The exercise was carried out at the Aswama Dumpsite at Umuzocha which is close to the Anambra State secretariat complex.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said during the destruction of the products that the exercise was in line with the agency’s mandate of eradicating fake and other spurious NAFDAC regulated products from circulation in Nigeria.
Adeyeye who was represented at the event by the Head, Task Force team of NAFDAC, Francis Ononiwu, added that the exercise was a combined South-East and South-South zonal destruction carried out periodically.
According to the agency, the products were made up of “spurious, counterfeited, substandard and falsified medicinal products, unwholesome processed food products and several other unsafe regulated products seized from various manufacturers, importers and distributors in the combined team of South-East and South-South zones”.
Some of the products include antibiotics, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-asthmatic, aphrodisiacs, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, herbal remedies and psychoactive drugs.
Others were banned drugs such as analgin, tramadol(above 100mg), gentamycin 280mg and controlled substances, vaccines, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, chemicals and unwholesome food, among others.
Adeyeye said the destruction of the products was to prevent their reintroduction into the distribution chain.
The DG noted that the importation, distribution and sales of fake, unsafe and wholesome NAFDAC-regulated products represented a grave onslaught on human life.
Adeyeye said that the agency, by its establishment Act Cap LFN, 2004, was saddled with the responsibility to regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs and medical products.
She, therefore, solicited the support and cooperation of stakeholders and the public in order to rid the country of fake medicines and other products.