Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria: NAFDAC Destroys N139 Million Expired Drugs

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday destroyed over N139 million worth of expired, sub- standard drugs and other pharmaceutical products.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii who was speaking at the Dutse Makaranta destruction site in Abuja where the drugs were destroyed, revealed that most of the products to be destroyed were forfeited by manufactures and distributors were others were seized from hawkers.

The DG, who was represented by the Director, Drug Evaluation and Research, Mrs. Hauwa Kevi, giving an analysis on how the drugs was gathered said, "General and Health Logistics International Limited voluntarily handed over products worth N69,684,811.43; Abuja Central Medical Store handed over products worth N13,206,787.10 while Maitama General Hospital brought expired drugs worth N11,718,847.42;

"MSF Spain Nigeria gave about N10 million worth of sub- standard drugs; FCT Health Department handed over N7.5 million drugs; Amingo Supermarket N6,314, 470; FCT Pharmaceutical Inspection Committee N2 million." Others include National Sport Commission N995,423; Ministry of Defence, N573,577; Primus Hospital, N621,181.92; Health Bay Pharmacy, N491,500; FCT Public Health Department N195,500; Kelina Hospital, N85,506."

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