NAFDAC, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, has taken N15 million worth of revalidated but expired medications from a Jos pharmacy.
Additionally, it has taken almost N30 million worth of unlicensed alcoholic drinks from stores in the capital of the Plateau as well as the neighboring city of Bukuru.
Shaba Mohammed, the director of NAFDAC North Central Zone, stated on Thursday in Jos that the organization had previously received information indicating the pharmacy supplied outdated medications.
According to him, it falsifies the expiration dates on medications in order to extend their shelf life.
Mohammed clarified that NAFDAC discovered, during its operation, a room filled with medications that had had their expiration dates removed and were ready to be reprinted.
We found out during the raid that the pharmacy had a room where the medications were revalidated and expired dates were removed.
He stated, “These medications come in oral and injectable forms.”
When the pharmacist failed to present both the drugstore’s current operating license and his current license to operate as a pharmacist, NAFDAC shut the pharmacy and detained the pharmacist.
Mohammed advised people not to purchase prescription drugs from unlicensed pharmacies.
He also said that the closest NAFDAC office should receive drug-related complaints as soon as possible.
Additionally, he advised customers to constantly check for NAFDAC registration numbers on packaged goods and drinks.
Mohammed promised that raids on Plateau pharmacies and stores would not stop until the state was free of unhealthy goods.