The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned of fake COVID-19 drugs in circulation.
This was disclosed by Prof. Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, He said the agency discovered fake Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine in circulation across the country.
Prof. Adeyeye also disclosed that fake face masks and hand sanitizers were in circulation. This discovery was gotten during post-marketing surveillance of COVID-19 medical products.
“Post-marketing surveillance is part and parcel of NAFDAC. We stepped it up because we knew that companies were changing formula and formulations for us.
“We see falsified Chloroquine without any active ingredients in it. Of course, we also have had fake sanitizers and masks, which we have to deal with regulatory-wise.
“Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine are some of the therapeutics that Nigeria is using for clinical trial treatment only. We started with Chloroquine and then Hydroxychloroquine came in.”Prof. Adeyeye said.
Genuine hand sanitizers have alcohol which can be perceived by the user,SON advised.