A contingent of officials from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and police officers have been attacked and pelted with stones, bottles, packaged water and plumbing items at the plumbing material market located at Head Bridge Market, Onitsha, Anambra State.
According to a statement from NAFDAC yesterday, the attack follow the NAFDAC team’s evacuation of some counterfeit medicines including anti-malarial, antibiotics, sildenafil citratea and tetanus toxoid from the Plumbing Material Market section.
The substandard medicines had been stored in a warehouse with temperature of over 40C, which would have damaged the drugs and subject the persons that would consume them later to danger that may result in death.
To this end, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye has urged the public to report any suspicion of fake medicines to 08001NAFDAC (0 eight hundred1NAFDAC) or to the nearest NAFDAC office.
According to Adeyeye, drugs stored at this high temperature will compromise the health of the population and result in fatalities.
She said: “Counterfeiting of drugs subjects the population to treatment failure and early death.
“Members of the families of the counterfeiters are included in the population, that is, no one is exempted from the consequences of substandard, falsified and counterfeited medicines.”
The evacuation came sequel to credible intelligence obtained from concerned members of the public regarding the connivance of drug counterfeiters from the Head Bridge Drug Market, Onitsha and the Executive members of the Plumbing Material Market Association, Onitsha in the diversion, concealment and storage of substandard and falsified medical products at the plumbing material market.