Fake Anti Malaria Durgs-Beware:
Following the emergence of two fake versions of Quinine Sulphate circulating in neighbouring Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the federal government has recently warned Nigerians to beware. According to official reports, the fake drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients.
The report states that however, the said drugs have not been sighted in the country yet, but if seen anywhere including hospitals and pharmacy shops, it should be reported to the nearest office of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The warning which was contained in a statement released by Mrs. Boade Akinola, Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, also revealed that Quinine Sulphate is used for the treatment of Falciparum Malaria in the region. It added that the fake drug will not be effective and may lead to health complications.
“These products, which were initially discovered by a local NGO, failed the preliminary field screening and were submitted to a WHO pre-qualified Quality Assurance laboratory.
“Subsequent analysis showed that neither product contained any of the stated active pharmaceutical ingredients. If you are in possession of these products, please do not use them.
“If you have taken this falsified product or suffer an adverse effect following its uptake, please seek immediate advice from a qualified healthcare professional and report the incident to NAFDAC” Akinola said.
While assuring the public that careful measures have been put in place by government to forestall the infiltration of these products into the drug supply chains in the country, she gave out these contacts: +234-8037881120; +234-8055o56727; +234-8035902679
“Details of the products are shown below:
1) Product Name: Quinine Sulfate 300 mg
Number of Tablets per container: 1000
Batch Number: 10H05
Expiry Date: 09/2018
Date of manufacture: 09/2014
Manufacturer: Novadina Pharmaceutical Ltd, London, United Kingdom.