Federal Government of Nigeria Raises Alarm Over Fake Malaria Drugs in Circulation





The Federal Government has stepped up vigilance within
the drug supply chains in the country on the circulation of
two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate.
A statement said the Federal Ministry of Health received a
medical alert that the two falsified drugs contain zero
active pharmaceutical ingredients.
The statement by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and
Public Relations of the ministry, on Saturday said the drugs
were circulating in West and Central Africa.
Akinola said the two version of the drug were circulating in
Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.
She said the quinine Sulphate was used in the treatment of
malaria.
According to her, the implication of using the falsified one
is that it will not be effective and may also lead to other
health challenges.
She 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 director said 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.
She 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.
NAN

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