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NAFDAC alerts Nigerians on faux medication in circulation

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The Nationwide Company for Meals, Drug Administration and Management (NAFDAC) has alerted the general public of the circulation of a faux anti-hypertensive drug.

Prof Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s Director Normal (DG) in a press release on Tuesday in Abuja, mentioned that the drug, Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg (containing Glibenclamide) was at present circulating in Cameroon, NAN stories.“NAFDAC is alerting the general public, particularly healthcare suppliers on the circulation of confirmed falsified Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets in Cameroun.

“The falsified product has been discovered to include Glibenclamide as an alternative of Hydrochlorothiazide.

“In March 2019, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) was knowledgeable by an NGO in Cameroun {that a} drugs, offered as Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets, has brought on hypoglycaemia in sufferers.

“Confirmatory laboratory evaluation has established that the product didn’t include hydrochlorothiazide, the said energetic ingredient, glibenclamide was as an alternative recognized,” Adeyeye mentioned.

She defined that the real model of the drug was for remedy of hypertension.

Based on her, the falsified drugs poses grave hazard to sufferers.

“Hydrochlorothiazide is used as an anti-hypertensive and diuretic drugs, whereas Glibenclamide is an anti-diabetic drugs.

“The falsified drugs presents a threat for sufferers who’re taking hydrochlorothiazide for the remedy of hypertension.

“The label on the plastic container of this falsified product states Laboratoires Sterop because the producer, nonetheless, this firm has confirmed to WHO that it didn’t manufacture or provide the falsified product.

“The Falsified hydrochlorothiazide 50mg is offered in plastic containers of 1000 tablets every,” she mentioned.

The NAFDAC DG additional mentioned the drug which had a batch variety of 16G04, additionally carried 16/2017 as its Manufacture Date and 30/05/2021 as Expiry Date.

“The batch quantity, in addition to various different options proven on the label of the falsified Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets, don’t correspond with real manufacturing information. The label is English and French languages.

She suggested importers, wholesalers, and retailers to keep away from unlawful importation and sale of the drug in Nigeria as surveillance had been heightened to stop such.

“Surveillance has been strengthened by NAFDAC in any respect ports of entry to stop importation of the falsified Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets from Cameroun.

“NAGDAC has additionally heightened surveillance to stop distribution and sale of the falsified product.

“Healthcare suppliers and different members of the general public are suggested to be vigilant and phone the closest NAFDAC workplace with any data on the product,” she mentioned.

Adeyeye additional suggested these already in possession of the drug to submit it to the closest NAFDAC workplace.

She suggested shoppers to report any adversarial results associated to using medicines to the closest NAFDAC workplace, its Toll Free quantity 20543, to all Networks, or through its e-mail [email protected]

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