December 12, 2008

Teething mixture: NAFDAC impounds 5,334 batches of drug

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, on Thursday, said that it had seized 5,334 batches of the alleged contaminated teething mixture, My Pikin.

The agency, in a statement titled “Update Report III on the recall process of My Pikin teething mixture,” also said that it had arrested the Kaduna State sales representative of Barewa Pharmaceuticals Limited, the manufacturer of the drug.

Besides the sales representative, the agency said that it arrested an alleged illegal chemical marketer at Ojota, Lagos, Dom Azumuka, who had been on the run.

In the statement by its Deputy Director (Public Relations), Mr. Jimoh Abubakar, the agency said it had donated an antidote for the management of kidney problem caused by contaminated drug to Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital, Zaria; Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos; and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

NAFDAC, which had two weeks ago, arrested four persons over the incident, said that 2,247 bottles of the mixture were recovered from the shop of the sales representative.

According to the statement, the shop of the marketer at Ojota was raided and seven drums of diethylene glycol falsely labeled propylene glycol were seized.

Giving the update on Thursday, NAFDAC stated that the illegal marketer, who was arrested at Ojota led its officers to another marker at Isolo where he said he brought the chemical.

According to the agency, the shop of Isolo-based marketer, Marcel Onyegbue, was also raided and a drum of diethyelene glycol was evacuated.

It stated that the owner of the shop was not arrested because he was on the run. The agency, however, arrested his assistant.

The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Dora Akunyili, had at a press briefing in Lagos on November 25, said that the drug was contaminated by the use of diethylene glycol, which is harmful to the kidney.

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