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N1.4bn Counterfeit, Expired Products Destroyed In South East, South South – NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday destroyed substandard, falsified and expired products in the South East and South South geopolitical zones.

The products, worth N1.4 billion, were destroyed at the Anambra Waste Dump in Awka.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who supervised the exercise, said  the destruction was part of the efforts to rid Nigerian market of unwholesome products and engender public confidence.

Adeyeye, who was represented by Mr Kingsley Ejiofor, Director of Investigation and Enforcement, listed the products to include those seized from manufacturers, importers and the ones voluntarily turned-in by regulation compliant companies.

She said others were those confiscated by Customs Service but violated, unregistered drugs, improperly stored vaccines and tramadol.

The list also included Rohypinol intercepted on Benin-Asaba Expressway and other fake medicinal products intercepted at different times.

“The public destruction of spurious products today would eliminate the risk of reintroduction into the Nigerian markets.

“It is a proof of NAFDAC’s resolve to safeguard the health of the people and ensure that only genuine medicines that are wholesome are sold in Nigeria.

“The estimated street value of the products destroyed today is N1,429, 580 billion and they include antibiotics, vaccines, alcoholic, cosmetic and chemical products,” Adeyeye said.

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