Kano - The Joint Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs in Kano State has confiscated and destroyed fake drugs worth about N1 billion this year.
Mr Ahmad Gana, a member of the task force, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Tuesday.
"We seized N700 million worth of expired drugs in just two warehouses recently and there are a number of such warehouses in the state," he said.
Gana, who is also the Chairman of the state branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), said that most of the destroyed drugs had not only expired but had also been banned by the producers.
He said that azthromycin, one of the expired drugs that were destroyed, found its way to Sabon Gari Market from Niger Republic.
"The drug was donated to Niger Republic by the U.S. to treat an eye ailment called Tracoma. However, the drug had expired long before it came to Kano," he added.
Gana stressed that the quit notice given to drug dealers at Sabon Gari Market was aimed at sanitising the drug distribution processes and checking the abuse of prohibited drugs by youths.
"The Nigerian law prohibits selling of drugs in the market because it promotes drug abuse.
"Drugs are not items of commodity, so they are not supposed to be sold in the open market or at a designated place," he said.
Gana noted that most of the drug dealers in the market were operating illegally, adding that they were not registered by the state government or any regulatory body.
He, however, commended the state government for its efforts to regulate the activities of drug dealers in the state and ensure sanity in the business.
He appealed to the people to support the ongoing crusade against fake drugs.