The National Agency For Food and Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products including tramadol 200 MG.
The Director General, NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, at a media briefing on joint international destruction also said the following products were found in the five containers during the joint physical examination.
”Brand name generic name details: Tamral 225 tablets tramadol HCl 1,276 CTNSX50 ROLLSX10X10 TABS; Tamral 250mg Tablets tramadol HCL 571 CTNS X50 ROLLSX10X10 TABS; Tramadol 120mg Capsules tramadol Hcl 129 CTNS X30ROLLSX20X10 CAPS.”
” Tramadol 225mg Tabs tramadol Hcl 415 CTNSX50 ROLLSX10X10 TABS; really extra diclofenac tablets 50 mg diclofenac & caffeine 58 CTN X 50 X 10 X 10 tabs; and relity extra diclofenac tablets 50 MG diclofenac 24 CTN X 50 X 10 X 10 tabs.”
“The street value of the drugs was estimated at N95 Billion (Ninety-five billion Naira).
The NAFDAC DG noted that the Director, Ports Inspection Directorate, working with his Intelligence & Monitoring Unit commenced the surveillance and monitoring of the reported containers from the ports of loading to the successive ports where they were transloaded along the sea routes.
” The first approach was to collaborate with the Nigeria Customs Service under the leadership of Comptroller General (Col.) Ahmed Ali (rtd.).”
According to her, ”Eventually, twenty-one of the containers were discharged at the Apapa port in Lagos, Nigeria as manifested. One container couldn’t be tracked because of a missing container number. Out of the 21 containers, only two had building materials.”
“However, as the importers of the containers became aware that NAFDAC was tracking and monitoring the containers on arrival at the Apapa port and intercepting them, they decided to change their strategy by diverting the remaining away from the Nigerian port,” she said.
“This international landmark achievement (that had never been recorded in the history of the two countries and NAFDAC) did not come without the unflinching efforts of the staff of Ports Inspection Directorate in Apapa and Seme Border.
She commended the Management and Governing Council of NAFDAC for the support of the partners in the fight against misuse and abuse of drugs: The Government of the Republic Benin and the Nigerian Embassy in the Republic of Benin.