Nafdac Impounds N10 Million Fake Malaria Drugs

Florence Udoh | 21 Jan 2010
Daily Champion (Lagos)
National Agency of Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has impounded a consignment of nine packages of Lonart - DS anti-Malarial tablets valued at N10 million, while a naval rating hired to escort the fake drug is on the run.

Addressing, newsmen yesterday in Lagos, the Director of Enforcement of NAFDAC, Mr. Momodu Segiru Momodu, said that on January 13, 2010, NAFDAC officers on routine inspection at NAHCO Shed beside International Airpart, Lagos intercepted a consignment of nine packages comprising 10,000 sachets of six tablets each of Lonart DS packed in green woven polyethylene sacks concealed within bags and shoes covered with blankets.

In the package, the outer packet of the product was packed separately and the blister/sachets were also packed separately, which was done to evade NAFDAC officers.

Using the NAFDAC newly acquired Truscan drug testing equipment, the product was tested and found to be fake.

The suspects - the importer, the clearing agent, and a driver have been arrested while a Naval rating who was to escort the consignment is at large. The police authorities are on his trail to track him down.

The main suspect, Mr. Ugo Best who is the importer, and resides in Kano State had been arrested and brought to Lagos for interrogation.

The details of the product are as follows:- Batch number: LD-64, MFG Date: 02/20098, Expiry date: 01/2011.

The product was purported to have been manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma Limited. At 10, Dewan Udyog Hagar, Aliyali, Palghar India.

"Fake Lonart consumption could have resulted in many deaths if not or this interception.

The general public is hereby advised to purchase only registered drugs from licensed pharmacies and report any suspected case of counterfeiting to the nearest NAFDAC office for appropriate action.