NAFDAC raises alert over fake anti-hypertension drug

NAFDAC raises alert over fake anti-hypertension drug

The National Agency for Food , Drug Administration and Control has alerted the public to the circulation of a fake anti- hypertensive drug.

NAFDAC ’s Director General , Prof . Moji Adeyeye , in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the drug, Hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg ( containing Glibenclamide ) was already on sale in Cameroun .

“NAFDAC is alerting the public, especially healthcare providers , to the circulation of confirmed faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg tablets in Cameroun .

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

“In March, the World Health Organisation was informed by an NGO in Cameroun that a medicine, presented as Hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg tablets , has caused hypoglycaemia ( deficiency of glucose in the bloodstream) in patients .

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

She explained that the genuine version of the drug was for treatment of hypertension , while the falsified medicine poses grave danger to patients .

“Hydrochlorothiazide is used as an anti -hypertensive and diuretic medicine, whereas Glibenclamide is an anti -diabetic medicine.

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

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

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

The NAFDAC DG further said the drug, which had a batch number of 16 G 04 , 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 faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg tablets , do not correspond with genuine manufacturing records . The label is in 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 faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg tablets from Cameroun .

“NAFDAC has also heightened surveillance to prevent distribution and sale of the faked 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 , citing its toll – free number 20543 on all networks , or via its e -mail

pharmacovigilance @nafdac .gov .ng .

( NAN )

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