NAFDAC intercepts consignment of banned cough syrup in Lagos

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…As Expert urges early treatment of Buergers disease***

The National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has impounded a truckload of banned drugs in Lagos.

Prof. Moji Adeyeye, the Director General of NAFDAC, said officials of the agency intercepted the articulated truck carrying a 40 ft. container containing large quantity of suspected fake and adulterated medicines.

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

“Barcadin with Codeine (cough syrup) – 588ctns x 200bottles x100ml and Feed Fine (Cyproheptadine caplet) – 44ctns x 24rolls x 10pks x 3blisters x10caplets.

“Others are Really Extra (Diclofenac sodium tab) – 190ctns x 100boxes x 10pkts x 1x10caplets and Afrodic (Diclofenac sodium cap) – 207ctns x 100boxes x 10pks x 1x10caplets,” the NAFDAC boss said in a statement.

The NAFDAC DG added that, one Mr Luke Mba, 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 or imported from India into Nigeria through the Seme land border and allegedly heading for Onitsha, Anambra.
“The Agency has resolved to prosecute the suspect in this matter when the police hand him over to us.

“It is worthy 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,” Adeyeye said.

She said that the Agency was tipped off by a concerned citizen that a truck conveying a 40ft container was transporting assorted suspected pharmaceutical products to an unknown destination.

” Operatives of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC on Wednesday, mounted a six hour surveillance and intercepted the said trailer at Oshodi en route Mushin.
“Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service and Nigeria Police Force came on the scene to lend a helping hand, the trailer was eventually moved to the Area D Police Command, Mushin,” she said.

She appealed to the public to report any incidence of counterfeiting and adulteration of foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemical and packaged water to NAFDAC for prompt regulatory and legal action.

The NAFDAC DG urged all Nigerians to continue supporting the agency in its quest to rid the society of substandard and fake drugs and food. 

In the meantime, Dr Peters Irobo, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Triumphant Hospital, Benin City, has advised Nigerians with cases of Buergers diseases to seek early treatment to avoid complications.

Irobo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin City on Friday.
He defined Buergers diseases (thromboangiitis obliterans) as a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs

“In Buerger’s disease, your blood vessels become inflamed, swell and can become blocked with blood clots (thrombi).

“This eventually damages or destroys skin tissues and may lead to infection and gangrene.
“It usually shows first in the hands and feet, and may eventually affect larger areas of your arms and legs.

“Patients diagnosed with Buerger’s disease are addicts of cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco, such as chewing tobacco,’’ Peters said.

The physician said quitting all forms of tobacco was the only way to stop Buerger’s disease, while for those who do not quit amputation of all or part of a limb was sometimes the case.

Irobo said the symptoms of Buerger’s disease included pain that may come and go in the legs and feet or in the arms and hands, inflammation along a vein, fingers and toes that turned pale when exposed to cold.

The medical director stressed that the exact cause of Buerger’s disease was not known, saying that tobacco clearly played a role in its development, it was however not clear how it did so.

He said experts suspected that some people may have a genetic predisposition to the disease.
Irobo added that the victims could avoid complications with the application of appropriate medical care on the affected part.