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Consumer Safety: NAFDAC seals off medicine stores, pharmacies over ‘unregistered drugs, illegal business’

Photo Collage of VaticanBells Pharmacy and Global Oneword Healthcare Limited, in Lagos

*Afolabi Aderemi, Deputy Director of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, affirms the health regulator is ‘dealing with an organised crime’, as the agency is intensifying efforts at discouraging consumers from buying unregistered drugs in Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In its continued bid to safeguard the health of Nigerian consumers, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut two drug shops and a pharmacy in the Idumota and Surulere areas of Lagos, for purportedly selling unregistered drugs.

ConsumerConnect learnt NAFDAC sealed shops owned by Blue Choice Pharmaceutical Limited, while the health regulatory agency also shut a pharmacy, owned by VaticanBells Pharmacy, in Surulere, Lagos State.

The agency as well sealed off a mini drug warehouse, owned by Global Oneword Healthcare Limited, located at Orile Iganmu over failure to present its poison book, agency report said.

In his remarks on the exercise, Afolabi Aderemi, Deputy Director of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC, said the operation was carried out as a result of intelligence reports received about the shops.

Adeyemi explained: “We are here … because we got a tip-off that control drugs are sold in these shops.

“By the virtue of the International Convention, there are 71 drugs that ought not to be sold by individuals or pharmacies and we have evidence that these shops sealed off are into the illegal business.”

The NAFDAC Deputy Director of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate also stated: “We are dealing with an organised crime here and NAFDAC is doing everything possible to discourage people from buying unregistered drugs.”

He disclosed the owners of the sealed shops and pharmacy had been invited to the NAFDAC office for more investigation.

Commenting on the development, Innocent Ezennia, the first Vice-Chairman, Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association, Island Zone, commended the clampdown on the erring organisations, and said the association would continue to work with NAFDAC in this regard.

Ezennia was quoted to have said: “Raids and enforcement like these are very important to us, to sanitise our business area.

“We will always work with NAFDAC to make their job seamless whenever they come for raid or enforcement.”

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