The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday arrested three traders in Onitsha, Anambra State, for selling fake and unregistered medical devices.
The NAFDAC team also sealed off four shops where fake and unregistered medical devices used for testing blood pressure, temperature and blood sugar levels were being sold.
NAFDAC Regulatory and Enforcement Officer, Mr Omoyeni Babatunde, said that the agency was out to mop-up all the imported fake and unregistered medical devices that gave wrong diagnosis that may lead to ‘therapeutic failure.’
Omoyeni said the agency was acting on a tip-off which indicated that imported fake and unregistered medical devices may lead to wrong diagnosis.
According to him, this may eventually lead to sudden death of patients depending on their diagnostic results.
“In medicine, we believe so much that if the diagnosis is wrong, the whole lot of medical treatment will be a total failure. As a way of guarding against this therapeutic failure, we are out for these medical devices.
“This is because companies are producing genuine products and distributing them but unscrupulous traders are also going to other countries to bring in fake medical devices.
“For example, a diabetic patient with a blood glucose level that is not within the normal range will think it is okay.
“But at the end of the day, the person’s internal organs such as the heart and the kidney, among others, would have all degenerated,” he said.
The enforcement officer said that the mop-up would be a nationwide affair.
He added that the agency would not leave any stone unturned in its drive to ensure that safe, sound and accurate medical devices were sold and used in the country.
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