NAFDAC: N20 million worth of unregistered, expired drugs seized in Kaduna

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Monday in Kaduna State confiscated unregistered/expired aphrodisiacs and other pharmaceuticals worth N20 million.

The agency conducted the seizures during a search of 26 shops in the Sabon Gari market in the state’s Zaria LGA.

Microgynon, a medicine intended to be given away free to internally displaced people, and oxytocin, an injection given to new mothers, were seized. Both of these pharmaceuticals needed to be maintained at a specified temperature but were discovered out in the open.

Speaking to reporters following the raid, the Deputy Director in charge of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC, Kaduna Office, Tamanuwa Andrew, said the ongoing operation sought to purge markets of substandard and fake medications.

He pointed out that unpatriotic businessmen and women targeted drugs that were often used to treat ailments, such as antimalarials, antibiotics, and antihypertensives, among others.

The deputy director added that constant removal of the items from circulation was one of the methods NAFDAC used to lessen the threat posed by inferior and counterfeit goods.

 

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