The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ( NAFDAC ) has confiscated expired drugs worth over N5 million from a drug dealer in Ariaria Market, Aba, Abia.
The state Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Olisa Okeke, disclosed this in an interview with the News men on Tuesday in Aba.
Okeke said that the agency got information that the dealer ( names withheld ) was used to stocking expired drugs, changing their expiry dates and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public.
According to the coordinator, NAFDAC officers investigated the shop, swooped on it and successfully confiscated many common drugs with March 2017 expiry date and awaiting re-validation.
Okeke, who said that the dealer ran away, gave the assurance that NAFDAC would do its best to ensure his arrest and prosecution. “We are working hard to clean Aba; so, we are asking the residents to come forward and give us information on persons who do suspicious businesses.
“We got a tip-off concerning expired drug sale in Ariaria, and successfully investigated a particular shop we heard stocked expired drugs awaiting revalidation.
“When we went, we got many cartons of expired drugs earmarked for re-validation by the suspect; the drugs are worth over N5 million,’’
told the News men.