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NAFDAC Informs Nigerians About The Circulating Counterfeit Drugs

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) informed Nigerians that the anti-hypertensive drug circulating is fake.

In a  statement on Tuesday,Prof Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s Director General (DG)  in Abuja, explained that the drug, Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg (containing Glibenclamide) was currently circulating in Cameroon, NAN reports.“NAFDAC is alerting the public, especially healthcare providers on the circulation of confirmed falsified Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets in Cameroun.

“The falsified product has been found to contain Glibenclamide instead of Hydrochlorothiazide.

“The NGO in Cameroun told the World Health Organisation (WHO)  that a medicine, presented as Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets, has caused hypoglycaemia in patients.

“Confirmatory laboratory analysis has established that the product did not contain hydrochlorothiazide, the stated active ingredient, glibenclamide was instead identified,” Adeyeye said.

She let it known to the public that the original version of the said explained drug was made for treating of hypertension.

According to her, the falsified medicine poses grave danger to patients.

“The laboratory analysis proved that Hydrochlorothiazide is used as an anti-hypertensive and diuretic medicine, while Glibenclamide is an anti-diabetic medicine.

“The falsified medicine presents a risk for patients who are taking hydrochlorothiazide for the treatment of hypertension.

“The label on the plastic container of this falsified product states Laboratoires Sterop as the manufacturer, however, this company has confirmed to WHO that it did not manufacture or supply the falsified product.

“The Falsified hydrochlorothiazide 50mg is presented in plastic containers of 1000 tablets each,” she said.

The NAFDAC DG further said the drug which had a batch number of 16G04, also carried 16/2017 as its Manufacture Date and 30/05/2021 as Expiry Date.

“The batch number, as well as a number of other features shown on the label of the falsified Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets, do not correspond with genuine manufacturing records. The label is English and French languages.

She advised importers, wholesalers, and retailers to avoid illegal importation and sale of the drug in Nigeria as surveillance had been heightened to prevent such.

“Surveillance has been strengthened by NAFDAC at all ports of entry to prevent importation of the falsified Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets from Cameroun.

“NAGDAC has also heightened surveillance to prevent distribution and sale of the falsified product.

“Healthcare providers and other members of the public are advised to be vigilant and contact the nearest NAFDAC office with any information on the product,” she said.

Adeyeye further advised those already in possession of the drug to submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office.

She advised consumers to report any adverse effects related to the use of medicines to the nearest NAFDAC office, its Toll Free number 20543, to all Networks, or via its e-mail pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng.

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