The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control destroyed counterfeit and subpar goods and items worth more than N4.2 billion in Awka, the capital of Anambra State.
NAFDAC Director-General Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said the Friday destruction of the Aswama Dumpsite at Umuzocha (by the Anambra State secretariat complex) was in keeping with the agency’s mission to remove counterfeit and other unreliable NAFDAC-regulated goods from circulation in Nigeria.
Adeyeye stated that the exercise was a combined South-East and South-South zonal demolition that was carried out on a regular basis. Adeyeye was represented at the ceremony by Francis Ononiwu, Head, Task Force team of the agency.
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.