In Abuja, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) carried out the destruction of counterfeit and expired goods valued at more than N500 million.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, spoke about the exercise, mentioning that some of the goods were voluntarily submitted to the agency.
Represented by Mr. Francis Ononiwu, the Director of Investigation and Enforcement at NAFDAC, the Director-General explained that such destruction exercises are conducted regularly across the country. The purpose of destroying these products is to prevent their reintroduction into the supply chain.
Adeyeye listed various products that were destroyed, including drugs containing psychoactive and controlled substances, such as antibiotics, antihypertensive drugs, antimalarials, herbal snuff, herbal remedies, and drugs confiscated from street hawkers. Food products like spaghetti, vegetable oil, non-alcoholic beverages, and an unregistered container of Faurecia instant powdered milk, handed over by the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), were also destroyed. Additionally, cosmetics such as creams, lotions, pomade, and skin lightening creams seized from spas and beauty centers, as well as fake insecticides and medical devices, were included in the destruction.
Expired and unwholesome products voluntarily surrendered by companies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the Association of Community Pharmacy of Nigeria (ACPN) were also destroyed. The estimated street value of the products destroyed amounted to N535,000,657.00.
Adeyeye emphasized that drug counterfeiting is an act of economic sabotage and poses a significant threat to public health. NAFDAC has been actively engaged in combating this menace and has taken a proactive approach by involving political, traditional, and faith leaders, journalists, and the public in raising awareness about the dangers of dealing with substandard and falsified medicines. Adeyeye urged everyone to remain vigilant and report any spurious and counterfeit medicines, unwholesome foods, and other regulated products to NAFDAC.