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NAFDAC to destroy N198bn seized tramadol, others
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it is set to destroy the tramadol consignment valued at N198 billion, which was impounded recently.
Director-General of the agency, Moji Adeyeye, made this known yesterday at an event to commemorate her one year in office in Abuja. She said the drug would be burnt adding that NAFDAC had in the last one year, destroyed sub-standard and falsified medicines, unsafe drugs and unwholesome food and chemicals worth N3 billion.
Adeyeye said with the support of the presidency, National Security Adviser’s office and sustained awareness campaign on the implications of NAFDAC’s absence at the ports, the agency returned to the ports in May 2018.
“The agency seized and destroyed sub-standard and falsified medicines and unsafe drugs worth N3 billion, including unwholesome foods and other unregulated products, in the last one year. We intercepted and destroyed 25 containers of Tramadol worth N1.7 billion.
“There is a plan underway to destroy more than 30 containers of Tramadol and other unregistered products worth N198 billion. Three persons involved in the distribution of the banned tramadol have been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos,” she said.
Adeyeye said if the impounded drug had infiltrated Nigerian markets, it would have caused a national security issue as youths addicted to the substance would have taken to violent crimes, including armed robbery and insurgency.
She added that NAFDAC, under her leadership, cleared a backlog of 6,000 applications for registration of products, while the agency would on December 15, begin online registration of drugs and foods.