The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has nabbed a trader, Chijioke Nwagu,for allegedly manufacturing and selling of counterfeit medicines.
At a media briefing in Lagos in Lagos, Director- General NAFDAC,Dr. Paul Orhii, said Nwagu after mixing the concoction, dispensed same into empty bottles and labels it as Tutolin with Codeine cough syrup.
“Odoemina led investigators to Nwagu’s house where it was discovered that Nwagu carries out the illegal manufacture in the toilet of his house by pouring different locally-manufactured cough syrup of reputable companies into 200 litres drum and after mixing them, he then dispenses them into empty bottles and labels it as Tutolin with codeine cough syrup.
“In his house, we found, four cartons of Uniplex cough syrup, four rolls of Bancof cough expectorant, 50 bottles of Dr Meyers’ Coflin Cough Linctus, 1,500 bottles of Exiplon Epectorant, two cartons of Halfan tablet, 200 litres drum, one carton of Dr Nando double 77 keys to power and empty containers of these drugs as well,” Orhii stated.
The suspect’s wife, Jane, an accomplice was also arrested as she was in the house where the illegal drug production was carried out.
In a related development. the Agency intercepted a 20ft container of pharmaceuticals, No MSKU 7873861 imported by NGOD’s Success Ventures located at No. 1/3 Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos.
According to the NAFDAC boss, the importer fraudulently gave its name and address as Lameks Global Links Ltd. on the consignment’s bill of lading and purported to have originated from Pakistan.
Investigation however revealed that the consignment belongs to NGOD’s Success Ventures and originates from China. The container has been impounded and counterfeit pharmaceuticals estimated at N54,702,500 were discovered inside.