Following the interception of a truck laden with assorted unregistered fake and counterfeit medicines, the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned drug importers that the ban on importation of medicines through land borders was still enforce.
The Agency has threatened to severely sanction anyone caught clearing goods not endorsed by it.
Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos on recent seizures by the Agency, said the truck was intercepted at the Idi-Iroko land border with the goods labeled as manufactured in Ghana under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, ETLS, but actually originated from China.
“Other seizure included a 20 feet container of expired Ferozin capsules, valued at N37 million, a 40 feet container of expired drugs and medical devices declared as used medical equipment meant for donation, 70 cartons of assorted expired drugs, 43 cartons of unregistered Mary Kay cosmetic products and several cartons of unregistered slimming herbal tea packed as dried fish,” he disclosed.
There were also 29 large packages of Tramadol worth N18 million, fake steroid creams, Tempovate and Hyprogyl worth over N18 .5 million amongst others.