Falsified Quinine Sulphate Circulating In West & Central Africa

Reports say the Federal Government of Nigeria has received a Medical alert on the recent circulation of two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, containing zero active pharmaceutical ingredient.

The information was contained in a press release, see details below:

PRESS RELEASE

The Federal Government of Nigeria has received a Medical alert on the recent circulation of two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, containing zero active pharmaceutical ingredient.

The quinine Sulphate is 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.

Details of the products are shown below:

20, AVENUE APPIA – CH-1211 GENEVA 27 – SWITZERLAND – TEL CENTRAL +41 22 791 2111 – FAX CENTRAL +41 22 791 3111 Quinine Sulphate is used for the treatment of Falciparum Malaria in the region and this implies that the falsified drugs will not be effective and may leThese 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 ingrediThe first product was discovered in Cameroon. Details and photographs of the product 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

20, AVENUE APPIA – CH-1211 GENEVA 27 – SWITZERLAND – TEL CENTRAL +41 22 791 2111 – FAX CENTRAL +41 22 791 3111 – WWW.WHO.INT
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2) Product Name
Quinine Sulphate 300mg
Number of Tablets per container
100
Batch Number
F4387
Expiry Date
11/18
Date of manufacture
12/14
Manufacturer
CAD Pharm, India

The first product was discovered in Cameroon while the second was discovered in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Members of the public are advised to be vigilant and report to the nearest office of The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) if the drugs are spotted anywhere including hospitals and pharmaceutical shops. The numbers to contact are:
+234-8037881120
+234-8055o56727
+234-8035902679

Also, if you are in possession of these products, please do not use them. If you have taken this falsified product, or if you suffer an adverse event following its uptake, please seek immediate advice from a qualified healthcare professional, and report the incident to NAFDAC .

The Nigerian government has stepped up vigilance within the drug supply chains in the country.

Boade Akinola (Mrs)
Director, Media & Public Relations FMOH
For Hon Minister.


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