The National Agency for Food and Medicine Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has detained a businessman named Obinna Igbo for the suspected importation and distribution of counterfeit Amanta Forte, an unapproved anti-malarial drug.
The 32-year-old businessman has been charged with illegal importation, possession, sale, and distribution of counterfeit Amanta Forte soft gel (Artemether 80mg + Lumefantrine 480mg Capsules) at Head Bridge Market in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Sayo Akintola, NAFDAC’s Resident Media Consultant in Lagos, stated in a statement that the defendant sold the counterfeit medications at Shop E200, Freedom Line, Onitsha Head Bridge Market after importing the shipment into the country.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, stated that the Investigation and Enforcement Directorate of the Agency raided three pharmaceutical businesses at Onitsha’s Head bridge market: Triphon Point Global limited, Emma Medicals Nigeria Limited, and Ekeh Mountain Global Ventures Limited.
According to the head of NAFDAC, the offending product was discovered and evacuated from Triphon Point Global Limited.
She stated that despite the fact that the offending product was not discovered on their shelves, their sales records indicated that they sold the product. The three stores were halted while the management directors were summoned for additional questioning.