Friday, 30 May 2008

MV Maersk Izmir cargo seized by NAFDAC

"NAFDAC Foils Attempt to Flood Market With Fake Drugs", writes Chioma Obinna, giving an account of some recent successes of Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The Agency, led by Dora Akunyili, has been locked in combat with "some of the West African nation's most wealthiest businessmen", leading in December 2003 to an attempt on her life.

The report describes the impounding earlier this month of a 20-foot container full of fake pharmaceutical products imported on a the MV Maersk Izmir. Fake products detained in the seizure included Septrin paediatric suspension, Glucophage, Augmentin, Ampiclox and injectable Oxytocin pregnant women during labour, Aldomet blood pressure treatment and Encephabol liquid used in the treatment of mentally retarded children.

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