NAFDAC seals up 6 shops in Oyo market

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday in Ibadan sealed up six shops at the Agbeni market for selling counterfeit drugs, wine and other goods.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team led by Mr Paul Ake, Chief Regulatory Officer, NAFDAC Investigation Directorate, sealed up the shops for dealing in counterfeit products.

NAN reports that three of the six shops were patent medicine stores dealing in counterfeit and controlled drugs, two were sealed for selling counterfeit wines while one was sealed for selling unregistered vegetable oil.

Among the shops sealed were Aro Boston Medicine Store, Yah Lateef Medicine Store, Oland Ventures, Kenyem Wine Store and Kunle Wine Store.

Also in the list of wine seized were fake Red Label and Andre wine.

Ake told newsmen that they were in the market to conduct investigation on drugs, food and drinks at Agbeni market.

“Some of these shops, which are patent medicine stores, were sealed for dealing in counterfeit , unregistered and controlled drugs, likewise others selling wines and food items,’’ he said.

He said that NAFDAC does not register drugs with obscene pictures as on the drugs found in one of the shops.

Ake said that some patent medicine stores were selling infusion and injections which ought to be sold by only registered pharmaceutical stores.

“We have sealed their shops, registered them and asked them to report at our office for us to track down those supplying them the counterfeit products,’’ he said.

He, however, advised the public to always be patient in buying goods, warning that they should ensure that they were goods with NAFDAC registration number.

“Our investigative activity is continuous and we would continue to put in more efforts in ridding the nation of counterfeit drugs,’’ he said.

NAN also reports that some shop owners at the market locked their shops and fled for fear of having their shops sealed. (NAN)

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