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NAFDAC destroys N1 billion estimated fake drugs


NAFDACAs part of efforts to sanitised the drug and other regulated products, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday destroyed fake, substandard and expired drugs estimated at N1 billion at Shagamu dump site, Shagamu, Ogun State.

The agency’s Acting Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, who led the exercise, said the action would help to curb the menace of fake drugs in Nigeria.

Oni, who was represented by the Director, Investigation and Enforcement, Kingsley Ejiofor, said some of the products were seized by the agency investigation and enforcement directorate in Lagos and its environs while others were handed voluntarily to NAFDAC by some firms between December 2014 and last month.

She described drug counterfeiting as an act of economic sabotage and terrorism against public health.
Nigerians, she said, should be watchful of drugs, food and other regulated product they buy, especially as they go into the
Easter season., adding that suspicious activities should be reported to the agency.
She praised the agency for ensuring that a counterfeiter was sentenced to seven year jail term without an option of fine.

“We commend the judiciary for its support in the protection of public health,” Oni said.

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