The ever-growing disregard for human life especially by unscrupulous elements in the Nigeria society who are only bent on satisfying their selfish interests in recent times have taken a new twist with a viral video showing how most private establishments especially those in the pharmaceutical sector are now on the bandwagon of exploiting and poisoning the populace with fake and expired drugs.
According to a Nigerian consumer who visited the popular Mopheth Pharmacy located at Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, with branches in Festac and other parts of Lagos, in an evidently intended effort by the pharmacy to avoid losses from products in their inventory, they dubiously stacked their shelves with expired mouthwash products.
Though this was not unusual with many stores in Lagos, the shocking fact was that the Pharmacy intentionally printed and plastered fake expiry dates across the original dates printed on the products.
“The Sensodyne and Listerine mouthwash products on their shelves had expiry dates in 2018 but were covered with new labels stating 2019.” said Eniola.
It could be rational to say that the pharmacy bought the products with the fake labels as there is, of course, such possibility, however, for the pharmacy to have also had contrasting color textures for a particular flavor of a mouthwash (Cool Citrus Listerine mouthwash) stacked on their shelves, all reportedly without expiry dates, shows the unprofessional and nonchalant attitude to life by the pharmacy especially with someone who has over 20 years of experience in the medical and pharmaceutical line in the person of Adekunle Michael Oyegade at the helm of affairs as its Managing Director.
With this sort of crimes going unpunished, one is left to wonder the level of damage a product that has expired no less than 10 months ago would do in the human body system and the level of compensation a renowned pharmacy like Mopheth could offer to its various unsuspecting victims who had over time fallen prey to their dubious business antics.