The Federal Government has received a medical alert that two falsified drugs that contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients are presently in the Nigeria market.
A statement from the ministry of health, said the drugs are circulating in West and Central Africa.
According to the statement the two version of the drug were circulating in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The quinine sulphate was used in the treatment of malaria.” the implication of using the falsified one is that it will not be effective and may also lead to other health challenges.’it said.
“One of the fake products was named Quinine Sulfate 300 mg with 1000 Tablets per container, Batch Number 10H05, expiry date 09/2018 and it manufactured 09/2014.” the drug manufactured by Novadina Pharmaceutical Limited, London, United Kingdom was first discovered in Cameroon.”
“The other version of the fake drug was Quinine Sulphate 300mg with 100 Tablets per container; batch F4387, expiry date 11/18 and its date of manufacture is 12/14.”
According to the statement the product was manufactured in India by CAD Pharm, and it was discovered in Bunia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The statement advised Nigerians to be vigilant and report to the nearest National Agency for Food and Drug Administration office anywhere the drugs were spotted including hospitals and pharmaceutical shops.
It said the federal government had stepped up vigilance within the drug supply chains in the country on the circulation of two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate