The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has on Monday, alerted Nigerians, on the circulation of fake chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets from China.
In a statement, the Director-General of the Agency, Mojisola Adeyeye, said that NAFDAC was notified by the World Health Organisation, WHO, of the circulation of the tablets in Nigeria.
“The falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets were manufactured by Jiangsu Pharmaceutical Inc, Astral Pharmaceutical New Bhupalpura, China.
“The tablets manufactured by these companies have no Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient, API, and are in packs of 1,000 tablets.
“The use of the falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets may result in treatment failure, and could even cause death”, she warned.
She also said that the labelling information on the falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets manufactured by Jiangsu Pharmaceutical Inc, China, is labelled with a fake NAFDAC No.: 028060.
“The Astral Pharmaceuticals, New Bhupalpura, China, is labelled with fake NAFDAC registration No. 0587612.
“All importers, wholesalers, and retailers, are hereby cautioned to desist from the illegal importation, distribution, and sale of falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets.
“NAFDAC has strengthened its surveillance in all ports of entry, to prevent illegal importation of the falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets.
“The Agency has also heightened surveillance in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to prevent distribution and sale of this falsified drug.
“Healthcare providers and other members of the public, are advised to be vigilant and contact the nearest NAFDAC office, with any information on the falsified chloroquine”, she said.
She called on anybody in possession of the falsified chloroquine, to submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office, and advised the consumers to report adverse events related with the use of the medicine, or call the Agency toll free lines: 0800-1-NAFDAC and 0800-1-623322.