NAFDAC Destroys Fake and Expired Goods Worth Over N500 Million

by Ikem Emmanuel

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) conducted the destruction of fake and expired goods worth over N500 million in Abuja. NAFDAC’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, explained that some of the goods were voluntarily submitted to the agency, and the exercise is part of a routine procedure carried out nationwide.

The goods were destroyed to prevent their reintroduction into the supply chain. They included counterfeit drugs, food products like spaghetti, vegetable oil, and non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics such as creams and lotions, as well as chemicals like fake insecticides and medical devices. Additionally, expired and unwholesome products were handed over for destruction by various companies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Association of Community Pharmacy of Nigeria.

The estimated street value of the destroyed products was N535,000,657.00. Prof. Adeyeye emphasized that drug counterfeiting is not only economic sabotage but also a severe threat to public health. NAFDAC has taken a proactive approach to combat this menace, engaging various stakeholders to sensitize the public about the dangers of substandard and falsified medicines. The agency encourages citizens to report any suspicious products to NAFDAC.

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Mr. Isiaku Gamajira, the FCT Coordinator of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), also stressed the importance of product certification and quality standards in ensuring Nigeria’s products meet international requirements, reducing the risk of rejection abroad.

Mr. Enejoh Amade, Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, FCT Chapter, expressed his association’s commitment to supporting NAFDAC in eliminating substandard drugs from the country.

The joint efforts of NAFDAC, SON, and other agencies aim to protect consumers from potentially harmful and counterfeit products, promoting public health and trade relations.

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