The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday said it confiscated drugs worth over N25 million, and sealed 15 shops and arrested three traders at Igbudu market, Warri.
The Chief Regulatory Officer, Enforcement Operation of NAFDAC in Lagos, Uche Chidi, told journalists that the traders were in possession of banned and expired products.
“The goods they (traders) have are not actually the approved products they are supposed to have.
“They are supposed to handle under-the-counter-products, but they go beyond their range to bring in products donated by the United Nations Population Funds.
“We also found injection water that (had) expired in 2011, Analgin and other injectable, [some] Pakistani unregistered products and other banned products,” he said.
Mr. Chidi said the agency would carry out periodic surveillance and inspection of the market to prevent the sale of banned and expired drugs.
Also speaking, the Chief Regulatory Officer of NAFDAC in Delta State, Nwaneka Uba, said it was heart-breaking for unqualified people to sell drugs.
“These people are not professional drugs dealers. There are some drugs that should be handled by professionals because of the pharmacological actions of the drugs.
“We saw Analgin and government donated drugs that should not be sold inside their shops; we shall investigate to ascertain how these drugs got into their possession.
“Analgin product was banned over 10 years ago by the federal government and many people have died by using Analgin,” Mrs. Uba said.
She said the team had earlier stormed Otor-Udu, a community in Warri where locally brewed gin called Ogogoro was produced.
She said that some sample of the gin was collected for laboratory analysis, adding that the result would determine the agency’s next line of action against those selling the product.
“If the product is not harmful, we will report to the management and they will tell us the next line of action to take,” she said.