Public Alert No. 003/2020 – Alert on Illegal Distribution and Sale of Unregistered Hand Sanitizers.
March 31, 2020,
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) hereby alerts the public on illegal distribution and sale of unregistered Hand Sanitizers. The unregistered Hand Sanitizers are illegally distributed and sold under various names including:
- Mighti Shield Instant Hand Sanitizer.
- Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer.
- One Step Hand Sanitizer.
- Shield Germ Hand Sanitizer.
- Lima Hand Sanitizer.
- Senarita Hand Sanitizer.
- AUS-B Hand Sanitizer.
- Bakson Hand Sanitizer.
- Peru Hand Sanitizer.
The package labels of affected unregistered Hand Sanitizers have no NAFDAC Registration Numbers, no batch numbers, no manufacturing and expiry dates; no names and full location addresses of manufacturers.
The quality and safety of the unregistered Hand Sanitizers are not guaranteed because they are not evaluated and registered by NAFDAC.
The members of the public are advised to use genuine NAFDAC registered Hand Sanitizers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency had recently given expedited review to many businesses that are capable of producing sanitizers.
For sanitizers approved by NAFDAC, we appealed to the public not to hike prices suggested by manufacturers to the point that the public cannot afford. Sanitizer is needed to prevent spreading of COVID-19 infection and if sold at exorbitant price, somebody who could not afford to purchase may be exposed to the risk of infection.
NAFDAC has heightened surveillance in the thirty-six (36) States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to prevent distribution and sale of unregistered Hand Sanitizers.
The members of the public are implored to contact the nearest NAFDAC Office with any information on illegal distribution and sale of unregistered Hand Sanitizers.
Anybody or organization discovered to be involved in illegal distribution and sale of unregistered Hand Sanitizers will be severely sanctioned.
Consumers are advised to report adverse events related to use of Hand Sanitizers to the nearest NAFDAC office, 0800-1-NAFDAC (0800-1-623322) TOLL FREE from all networks or via firstname.lastname@example.org