The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has banned Mars Remedies PVT Limited, India, for manufacturing fake medicine for a pharmaceutical company in Nigeria.
The agency made this known in a statement signed by its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on Tuesday in Abuja.
Adeyeye said all products manufactured by Mars Remedies PVT, 635, GIDC Estate Waghodia Vadodara, Gujurat, India, due to unprofessional practices have been banned from importation into Nigeria with immediate effect.
According to her, the agency has zero tolerance for substandard products.
The Director-General also said that the agency has also blacklisted Ciprofloxacin tablets BP 500mg with NAFDAC Reg. No. C4-0498 which was manufactured for Pinnacle Health Pharmaceutical, Surulere, Lagos.
“In violation of NAFDAC extant laws and regulations, the company illegally manufactured different formulations of Ciprofloxacin tablets instead of the approved formulation for export to Nigeria.
“The variation in the formulation of the Ciprofloxacin 500mg tablets, which may impact on the product quality and shelf life, was not approved by the agency before these changes were made.
“This constitutes a violation of the NAFDAC Act.
“The company has displayed an obvious disregard for compliance with global standards necessary to assure the production of quality products.”