The Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Area Command has lamented what it described as the influx of fake pharmaceutical products into Nigeria and therefore called on NAFDAC to investigate every imported fake drug into the country so as to identify the importer and sanction accordingly.
While speaking in an interactive session with newsmen at the port recently, the Area Controller of the Command, Mohammed Abba-Kura reiterated the commitment of the command to wage unrelenting war against importation of fake drugs and other pharmaceutical products into the country, stating that the command is not resting on its oars in enforcing government fiscal policies and other trade guidelines.
The Area Controller stated that the command made a total seizure of 187 containers of pharmaceutical products and other general goods from 1 July to 30 September, 2020.
Abba-Kura specifically stated that the command intercepted 72 containers of fake pharmaceutical products within the stated period, stressing that the intercepted products are without NAFDAC registration number.
The Controller stated that the command is currently on red alert on large inflow of fake and substandard pharmaceutical products into Nigeria. He therefore warned importers against the health hazards of consuming fake drugs.
While lamenting the influx of fake drugs into the country, Abba –Kura said “Last year, we seized a large number of such drugs without NAFDAC registration number. This year, we are seizing these substandard drugs again.
“The reality is that these drugs coming into our country without NAFDAC number are not fit for human consumption. NAFDAC should investigate to know the importers of these substandard drugs and sanction them accordingly”, Abba-Kura said.