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Public Alert No. 004/2020 – Alert on Falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg Tablets Circulating in Cameroon

April 4, 2020,

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been notified by World Health Organization (WHO) on the circulation of falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets in Cameroon.

The falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets are manufactured by Jiangsu Pharmaceutical Inc, Longchil Road, Ylxing, Jiangsu, China and Astral Pharmaceuticals, New Bhupalpura, Regd No: 0587612.

The falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg Tablets manufactured by the above two companies have no Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) and are in packs of 1000 tablets.

The use of falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets may result in treatment failure and even death.

The labelling information on falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets manufactured by Jiangsu Pharmaceutical Inc, Longchil Road, Ylxing, Jiangsu, China are:

  • Product Name: Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg Tablets
  • Batch No: 660
  • Mfg Dt: 09/2018
  • Exp Dt: 09/2022
  • Code: MH/DRUGS/KD-271
  • Labelled fake NAFDAC No: 028060

The pictorial presentation of the falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets manufactured by Jiangsu Pharmaceutical Inc, Longchil Road, Ylxing, Jiangsu, China is as below:

 

The labelling information on falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets manufactured by Astral Pharmaceuticals, New Bhupalpura, Regd No: 0587612  are:

  • Product Name: Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg Tablets
  • N’Lot: EBT 2542
  • Date de fab: 01/2019
  • Date de Pe’rl: 10/2022
  • Regd No: 0587612 

The pictorial presentation of the falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets manufactured by Astral Pharmaceuticals, New Bhupalpura, Regd No: 0587612 is as below:

Genuine Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets registered by NAFDAC is used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and extraintestinal amebiasis.

All importers, wholesalers and retailers are implored to desist from illegal importation, distribution and sale of the falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets.

Surveillance has been strengthened by NAFDAC at all ports of entry to prevent illegal importation of the falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets.

The Agency has heightened surveillance in the thirty-six States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to prevent distribution and sale of falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets.

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 Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets.

Anybody in possession of the falsified Chloroquine Phosphate 250mg tablets should submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office.

Consumers are advised to report adverse events related to use medicines to the nearest NAFDAC office, 0800-1-NAFDAC (0800-1-623322) TOLL FREE from all networks or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng

NAFDAC……..Customer-focused, Agency-minded!!!

Signed Management