The Imo State chapter of Consumer Protection Council, CPC, has clarified that it only confiscates expired drugs from pharmacies and drug stores.
The Director-General of the council, Obioma Okafor offered the clarification on Saturday, September 4 following a report aired on state-owned Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC.
The radio channel quoted some drug sellers as saying that any drug with near date expiration was no longer active and effective but poison to the body.
Okafor declared this assertion as a blatant falsehood, adding that a drug that has for instance September 2021 as expiration date was still active and effective till the end of September 2021.
She claimed there was a news item on Orient FM by 6. am where the CPC interacted with medicine dealers and not the drug professionals on the issue of expired drugs.
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Okafor posited that “The information they passed was totally wrong. A drug is active and effective until the expiration date but according to them any drug that has a near date expiration is no longer active and effective but poisons to the body; a drug that has an expiration date of September 2021 would still be active and effective until the last day of September 2021”.
The DG pointed out that most patients are more concerned about the date of manufacturing as against the expiration date, adding that once the manufactured date exceeds two years, the drug has lost potency.
According to her, “Most often now, patients are no longer after the expiration dates but manufactured dates”.
“Once the manufactured date exceeds two years, they will not buy again and request the ones manufactured two days ago with the notion that the one manufactured a few years ago have lost their potencies”.
She restated that the CPC only confiscates expired drugs and does not seize drugs that have not expired.
According to her; ” If a drug is expired it’s expired”.
Nothing like a drug having efficacy after expiration as some drug dealers claim
No expired drug should be on any shelf displayed for sale.
Okafor said the refutal became necessary because the report was capable of deceiving the public.
“We shall continue to confiscate expired drugs with fines on offenders in order to safeguard consumers”, she maintained.
“Any CPC staff that confiscates any drug not expired should be reported to the appropriate authority for sanction”.