Boade Akinola, the Director, Media and Public Relations of the Ministry of Health signed a statement stating that the two falsified drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients.
The drugs are majorly being circulated in West and Central Africa, particularly in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Akinola said one of the fake products goes by the name Quinine Sulfate 300 mg with 1000 Tablets per container, Batch Number 10H05, expiry date 09/2018 and its date of manufacture is 09/2014. It is manufactured by Novadina Pharmaceutical Limited, London, United Kingdom .
The other one is Quinine Sulphate 300mg with 100 Tablets per container; batch F4387, expiry date 11/18 and its date of manufacture is 12/14. It is being manufactured in India by CAD Pharmacy.
Akinola advised Nigerians to be vigilant and report to the nearest National Agency for Food and Drug Administration office once spotted.
The ministry advised Nigerians to also report if they come across the following GSM no +234-8037881120, +234-8055056727 and +234-8035902679. “If you are in possession of these products, please do not use them.
“If you have taken this falsified product or if you suffer an adverse effect following its uptake, please seek immediate advice from a qualified healthcare professional and report the incident to NAFDAC.’’