NAFDAC confiscates N25m worth of unregistered drugs

By Obinna Achi, Enugu 

The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated 152 cartons of unregistered Dizapam tablets B.P. 10mg worth over N25million. 

Enugu State Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Ikechuku Okoye, disclosed this to reporters in Enugu on Wednesday while displaying the unregistered drugs in his office at the Enugu Federal secretariat. 

Okoye disclosed that Dizapam tablets B.P. 10mg, manufactured in Mumbai – India by Shalina Laboratories PVT. Ltd and smuggled into the country was intercepted by the Nigeria Custom Service at Cross River State land border with Cameron and when they brought it to their office in Enugu they alerted the agency. 

“What happened is inter-departmental achievement. The custom in Enugu called us that they intercepted drug product at the Nigerian – Cameron border in Cross River state and that we should come and check if it is within our jurisdiction. 

“When we got there we saw ‘Dizapam’ 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 custom now handed it to us for further investigation”. 

Okoye said even if the drug is genuine, it is a controlled drug which means it is sold by prescription only from qualified physician and it cannot be sold behind the counter. “It is for sedative, so I wonder people who brought it in but we are still trying to get more information from the customs so that we will go for the person that brought it into the country because it is a controlled drug and it has to be registered for NAFDAC to monitor how it is been used”. 

“The drugs worth’s over N25 million, I wonder why somebody will engage in a business worth such amount and preferred not to register it with NAFDAC but preferred to be bringing it illegally. It is unfortunate but NAFDAC is equals to the task”, the NAFDAC coordinator said.   

 He advised members of the public to always insist on buying drugs or products regulated by NAFDAC, saying that any product without NAFDAC registration number, but regulated by NAFDAC is fake.

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