NAFDAC Uncovers Fake Anti-Malaria Drugs in Gboko

Godwin Akor | 29 Apr 2010
Daily Champion (Lagos)
Makurdi — National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has discovered the sale of some fake malaria drugs in Gboko Benue State and its environs.

Speaking to journalists during a raid on Tuesday, the North-Central Director of NAFDAC, Mr. Norbert Madueke, said some pharmacies and patent medicine stores along Captain Down Street and Mkar Road were found to be selling fake Fansidar and Lonart tablets.

He warned residents of Gboko not to take the two drugs as they could be harmful.

He advised the residents to contact NAFDAC office so as to know the genuine malaria drugs and maintained that the fake drugs would be destroyed.

He during the raid, it was also discovered that fake Glocophage, Clamadi and Ventolin (Salbutamol) have been on sale in Gboko and warned asthmatic and diabetic patients not to take them as they were also being marked for destruction.

He said the fake drugs were dictated with a machine known as Truscan and assured that there would be no sacred cow in the course of the raid which would be randomly carried out throughout Benue state.

He said the anti malaria drug called Amala and Daonil for diabetic patients were discovered to be genuine and added that at the places visited, the Ciprotab on sale were also found to be genuine.

He said the Actifed on sale in the pharmacies and patent medicine stores was discovered not to be fake and noted that the owners of the places that have fake drugs have been directed to give details of their source of supply to NAFDAC.

He said the raid was a general one and stressed that NAFDAC has the authority to inspect drugs in any part of the country at any time.