The Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye, is not slowing down at ensuring that the health sector in Nigeria is rid of fake drugs.
Prof. Moji recently led a team of armed men as they destroyed banned & unregistered tramadol, other counterfeit medicines and unwholesome re-bagged sugar worth about N3,508,550,762.00 at Okediya dump site, Sagamu, Ogun State.
Having exposed a cartel that specialises in the importation of banned strengths of Tramadol (above 100mg), the Nafdac DG stressed that only 50mg and 100mg of Tramadol are approved for use in Nigeria.
According to Prof. Moji, “The banned strengths have deleterious effects on vital organs of the body including the brain. Its use has ruined the lives of many promising youths who should have been the future and asset of our beloved country. So far 13 containers of banned & unregistered Tramadol and Diclofenac released to the Agency by Customs were destroyed today. The total street value of the products destroyed is about N3,508,550,762 and the street value of Tramadol destroyed is N1,708,750,000.”
She thanked the law enforcement agencies for their collaboration and cooperation in this regards while thanking the Judiciary for their timely disposal of the recent cases on Tramadol and banned/prohibited regulated products.
She went on to appeal to the National Assembly to speed up the amendment laws to address the dangerous trend of counterfeiting and destruction of innocent lives.