FDA Warns Of Fake Malaria Medicine

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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is alerting the general public of a fake anti-malaria medicine, Sulfadoxine 500mg/Pyrimethamine 25mg, believed to be in circulation in the West Africa Sub-Region.

John Odame-Darkwah, Deputy Chief Executive in-charge of Food Inspectorate Division, in a press statement disclosed that the alert was received from the World Health Organization (WHO) information exchange system having found the fake medicine on the Cameroonian market.

Details of the fake Sulfadoxine 500mg/Pyrimethamine25mg tablet has been given as; batch number 1833 and the manufacturing date as February 2011.

It has its expiry date as February 2014 and presentation as 1000 tablet container.

Rivopharm laboratories, CH-6926 MANNO, SWITZORLAND was identified as the manufacturer.

In addition, the counterfeiters got their spelling wrong by writing Switzorland instead of Switzerland.

Laboratory screening showed that the medicine did not contain any Pyrimethamine as indicated on the label. Pyrimethamine is one of the active ingredients expected to be in the medicine to make it effective.

Sulfadoxine/Pyrimethamine is used to prevent malaria during pregnancy.

There is, however, an on- going post market surveillance activity nationwide by the FDA, which has so far indicated the absence of the said fake anti-malaria tablet on the Ghanaian market.

The general public, particularly pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and licensed chemical shops are hereby informed to be on the lookout for the fake anti-malaria medicine, Sulfadoxine500mg/Pyrimethamine 25mg.

Any individual or facility which may have in its possession the aforementioned fake medicine, should hand them over to the nearest FDA office.

the statement assured the public of FDA’s readiness to ensure public health and safety at all times and therefore appeals to the general public to give any information on persons suspected to be engaged in any practice which has the possibility of endangering public health and safety, through any of the following contacts; 0244337235, 0244339633 or 0246809509.

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