The information is provided by the General Directorate of Customs (DGD).
According to the General Directorate of Customs (DGD), 1,156 boxes of expired drugs represent 320,292 tablets imported without declaration or authorization from the Ministry of Public Health (Minsante) which have just been seized by the main customs office. hors classe of Douala port V in the Littoral region
This strong point of the Cameroonian customs comes on top of several other exploits carried out in the context of the fight against smuggling and illicit trade in Cameroon, in particular of drugs of dubious origin.
According to a study conducted by the National Order of Pharmacists of Cameroon (ONPC), drugs sold in the street are either counterfeit, fax or rather, of good origin but out of the normal distribution channel. The same study specifies that 40% of street drugs come from counterfeit.
Five years after the establishment by the Prime Minister of the Pre-shipment Conformity Assessment Program (Pecae) to guarantee the quality of goods imported into Cameroon, Cameroonian customs are pleased with the work done.
“The numerous seizures of the main customs office in Douala port V testify, 5 years later, of the relevance of the Pecae”, observes the communication from the General Directorate of Customs.
It therefore remains to be seen how these products end up in circulation despite the existence of the National Laboratory for the Quality Control of Medicines and Expertise (Lanacome) and the Minsanté which should first issue an import visa.