Be Wary of Fake COVID-19 Drugs, NAFDAC Warns Nigerians


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned of fake COVID-19 drugs in circulation.

Prof. Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director General, said the agency discovered fake chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in circulation across the country.

Speaking during a webinar in Lagos State on Wednesday, Adeyeye also disclosed that fake face masks and hand sanitizers were in circulation.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye

She explained that this was discovered during post-marketing surveillance of COVID-19 medical products.

The NAFDAC boss said: “Post-marketing surveillance is part and parcel of NAFDAC. We stepped it up because we knew that companies were changing formula and formulations for us.

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“We see falsified Chloroquine without any active ingredients in it. Of course, we also have had fake sanitizers and masks, which we have to deal with regulatory-wise.

“Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are some of the therapeutics that Nigeria is using for clinical trial treatment only. We started with chloroquine and then hydroxychloroquine came in, “.


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