Public Alert No. 0006/2019 – Alert on Falsified Dukoral Oral Cholera Vaccines Circulating in Bangladesh

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) alerts the public, especially the health care providers on the circulation of falsified Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine circulating in Bangladesh. The packaging of the falsified Dukoral vaccine displays text in English and French language.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office and Health Authorities in Bangladesh have quarantined the eight thousand (8,000) falsified packs of Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine so far identified.

The details of the falsified Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccines identified in Bangladesh are as follows :

Product Name Dukoral Oral Cholera Vaccine/ Vaccin Oral contre le Cholera
Batch Number KV8262B1
Expiry Date 2020-04
Stated Manufacturer Valneva Canada Inc.

Note that the logo of the manufacturer Crucell is also displayed.

The manufacturer of genuine Dukoral Oral Cholera Vaccine is Valneva Sweden AB, formerly Crucell Sweden AB.

Valneva Sweden AB, the manufacturer of genuine Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine stated that the combination of the manufacturers, Valneva Canada Inc and Crucell should not exist on any packaging of the vaccine in the market.

Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine manufactured by Valneva Canada Inc is not registered by NAFDAC.

All importers, wholesalers  and retailers are implored to desist from illegal importation, distribution and sale of the falsified vaccine.

Surveillance has been strengthened by NAFDAC at all ports of entry to prevent illegal importation of the falsified Dukoral Oral Cholera vaccine from Bangladesh. The Agency has also heightened surveillance to prevent distribution and sale of the falsified vaccine.

Health care providers and other members of the public are advised to be vigilant and contact the nearest NAFDAC office with any information on the falsified Dukoral vaccine.

Anybody in possession of the falsified vaccine should submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office.

Consumers are advised to report Adverse event related to the use of vaccines to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR ( 20543 TOLL FREE from all Network ) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng

NAFDAC…………….Safeguarding the health of the nation!!!