NAFDAC alerts public of counterfeited Coartem malaria tablets [PHOTO]

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NAFDAC alerts public of counterfeited Coartem malaria tablets The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has raised an alarm over the circulation of a fake anti malaria drug, Coartem, in the country.

NAFDAC alerts public of counterfeited Coartem malaria tablets

The agency stated that the use of the fake Coartem tablets may result in poisoning (due to toxic substances), treatment failure, development of resistance and even death.

In a series of tweets via its social media handle, @NafdacNigeria, the agency urged healthcare providers and other members of the public to be on alert for such dangerous products.

The tweets read: ”NAFDAC hereby alerts members of the public on the circulation of fake Coartem tablets. The active ingredients on the sachet of the fake Coartem tablets are written as ARTMETHE/UMFANTRNE while the manufacturer is written as NOVRTS.

”Note that the manufacturer of the genuine Coartem tablets registered by @NafdacAgency is NORVATIS PHARMA AG @Novartis while the active ingredients are ARTEMETHER/LUMIFANTRINE.

”The use of the fake Coartem tablets may result in poisoning (due to toxic substances), treatment failure, development of resistance and even death.

”NAFDAC implores healthcare providers, proprietors of healthcare facilities, program managers and other members of the public in possession of the fake Coartem tablets to immediately submit the fake product to the nearest NAFDAC office.

”NAFDAC implores healthcare providers, proprietors of healthcare facilities, program managers and other members of the public in possession of the fake Coartem tablets to immediately submit the fake product to the nearest NAFDAC office.

”Adverse events resulting from the consumption of the product should be reported to the nearest NAFDAC office or text 20543 PRASCOR (Pharmacovigilance Rapid Alert System for Consumer Reporting TOLL FREE from all networks) or e-mail pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng. #NafdacALERTS.”​

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