The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it seized and destroyed over N3billion worth of substandard and falsified medicines, including unwholesome foods and other unregulated products, in the last one year.

Director General of the agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, who stated this at a press conference to mark her one year in office, yesterday in Abuja, said the removal of NAFDAC from the ports between 2011 and 2018 worsened the problem.

She also said that the promotion of manufacturing drugs locally has been on her priority list. “This is to reverse the trend of 30 per cent locally manufactured drug products to 70 per cent.”

Adeyey added that local manufacturing also ensures drug security, reduces unemployment and increases the contribution of the pharmaceutical industry to the nation’s GDP.

“It has been documented that most of the SFs are imported due to the fact that access and fastness to inspect local companies are quite spontaneous,” she said.

The DG also informed that since her assumption of office, the agency has intercepted 86 containers containing tramadol and other unregulated drug products.

“These include 23 40ft containers recently examined and found to have been loaded with tramadol of various strengths from 120mg to 250mg, and other unregistered pharmaceutical products that are known to be injurious to the health of the public, most importantly our youth.

“The tramadol is estimated to be over six billion tablets and worth about N193billion,” she explained.