Interception Of A Trailer Transporting Unregistered Pharmaceutical Products

January 10, 2019,

Following a tip off from a concerned citizen that a 40ft trailer was transporting assorted suspected Pharmaceutical products to an unknown destination, operatives of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC on Wednesday, 9th January 2019 mounted a six-hour surveillance and intercepted the said trailer at Oshodi enroute Mushin.

While trying to move the intercepted trailer to NAFDAC warehouse, operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and Nigeria Police Force came into the scene to lend a helping hand. The trailer was eventually moved to the Area D Command, Mushin.

After a joint examination by operatives of NAFDAC, Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Police Force, the following products were found in the intercepted trailer:

  1. Barcadin with Codeine (cough syrup) – 588ctns x 200bottles x100ml

Batch no. OHLC-08, OHLC-09, OHLC-10, OHLC-11, OHLC-12

Mfg date: 09/18 Exp. date: 08/21

  1. Feed Fine (Cyproheptadine caplet) – 44ctns x 24rolls x 10pks x 3blisters x10caplets

Batch no. MP8212, MP8213, MP8214, MP8215, MP8216, MP8217, MP8219, MP8220

Mfg. date: 07/18 Exp. date: 06/22

  1. Really Extra (Diclofenac sodium tab) – 190ctns x 100boxes x 10pkts x 1x10caplets

Batch no. AB80003

Mfg. date: 10/18 Exp. date: 09/21

  1. Afrodic (Diclofenac sodium cap) – 207ctns x 100boxes x 10pks x 1x10caplets

Batch no. AF004, AF006

Mfg. date: 03/18 Exp. date: 02/21

One Mr. Luke Mba ‘M’ of No 9 Ehi str., Ijesa, Lagos who accompanied the trailer and claimed to be the importer was arrested along with the driver.

Initial investigation suggests that the unregistered products were manufactured and/or imported from India into Nigeria through the Seme land border and allegedly Onitsha, Anambra state bound. The Agency has resolved to prosecute the suspect in this matter when the police hand him over to us.

It is of note that the Federal Government announced a ban on the production and import of cough syrup containing codeine after investigation into its addiction epidemic. We appeal to members of the public as part of their civic responsibility to report any incidence of counterfeiting and adulteration of foods, drugs, cosmetic, medical devices, chemical and packaged water to NAFDAC for prompt regulatory and legal action.

Finally, I thank everyone that has partnered with NAFDAC. We still enlist your support in our quest to eradicate the incidence of Substandard/Spurious/Falsely Labelled/Falsified (SSF) Medical Products, Unwholesome Processed Food and other regulated products.

Prof Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye

Director General