The Ogun State government has warned residents living across the state to be wary of fake drugs, as they are capable of damaging major body organs and could shorten life span.
The Director of Pharmaceutical Services Department, Pharmacist Olufemi Fafiolu, gave the warning during an interview with newsmen in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Fafiolu, who is also the Chairman, Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs in the State, explained that fake drugs are imitation of the original, either in content, packaging, strength or component, with the aim of deceiving the public.
He added that fake drugs could result into lasting negative effect on the victim.
He said, ‘’fake drugs could also mean drugs that are expired but are recycled, there could have been changed in the expiry date and represented as if it is genuine and wholesome drugs. All these drugs pose lasting and unpleasant effects on the users’’.
He further stressed that apart from being a slow poison that causes major organ defects such as kidney failure, it could also outrightly lead to sudden death.
He however urged the citizens to always visit government facilities or patronise accredited pharmaceutical stores to purchase prescribed drugs.
The Director noted that the state government in its effort to combat the menace, established the task force on counterfeit and fake drugs to apprehend and punish fake drug hawkers.
He also appealed to Federal government to expedite action on the establishment of professional distribution of drugs either from manufacturers or importers.
He maintained that the steps are ongoing to strengthen surveillance around border towns.