The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control, NAFDAC, Paul Orhii, says a banned Gentamycin injection has killed two women, Florence Bagidi and Florence Saawuan in Makurdi, Benue State.
The DG who disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, said the victims died after being injected with the banned gentamycin 280mg injection by a quack, a secondary school certificate holder and a patent medicine store operator.
According to him, “We are investigating…deaths of two women who died following the administration of the banned drug. We want to alert Nigerians that there is banned gentamycin 280mg injection in circulation”.
Dr. Orji added that, the gentamycin had been banned, recalled and de-registered by NAFDAC in October 2010 but doctors, hospitals and pharmacies still stock the drug in their establishment.
Stating why the drug was banned, the DG said “it was banned after several cases of adverse reactions, including instant deaths, deafness in children, bleeding, anaphylactic shock and hypertension were reported in many patients who took the drug in Nigeria.”
“Hospitals, pharmacies and other outlets still stocking this products are hereby advised to immediately surrender them to NAFDAC…” Dr. Orji warned
The House of Representatives committee on public accounts has directed the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to refund 1.259billion naira to government coffers within six months.
The committee chairman, Rep. Solomon Olamilekan, gave this directive after the agency failed to address an audit query raised by the Auditor General of the Federation’s (AGF) office accusing the agency of refusing to remit a total amount of N1.348 billion to the consolidated revenue accounts of the federation.
The committee also directed the office of the AGF, to immediately embark on a full scale auditing of the revenue profile of the agency and its expenditure from 2006 to 2011.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raised an alert on circulation of fake Goya Olive oil in the Nigerian.
The alert followed a two days enforcement exercise across Kwara State by officials of the Agency. The exercise led to the discovery of a syndicate, which specialised in the production of the fake product at an outlet in Oja-Tutu area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
In a statement made available to journalist, NAFDAC said the discovery was made following surveillance mounted by the agency’s officials on report of a possible faking of Napal brand of vegetable oil (250ml), which was sold to the public as Goya Olive oil.
Roseline Ajayi, an Assistant Director in the NAFDAC office in Ilorin who led the operation with other officers, confirmed the discovery. She said that the exercise was routine, but specially targeted to mop-up the fake oil products in circulation.
Briefing journalist after the exercise, Mrs Ajayi said other products including drugs and creams with so many discrepancies that do not meet NAFDAC’s specifications were confiscated from the shop.
She said the regulatory officers met the suspects in the act of illegal removal and relabeling of different brands of oil as well as unbranded vegetable oil products with fake Goya Olive oil labels. The shop owners were arrested by the agency’s operatives who closed the shops and confiscation the fake Goya products.