By DAPO OLAWUNI
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to beware of consuming popular antibiotics; Augmentin, saying there is a fake version of the product in circulation.
NAFDAC on Sunday drew public attention to the detection of suspected falsified Augmentin 625mg tablets in circulation in the country, while giving the following details and labeling deficiencies;
“Product name: Augmentin 625mg.
Lot number: 562626.
Date of manufacture: April 2021
Expiry date: April 2024.
NAFDAC registration number: 04-1928.
“Labelling of failures;
The product did not meet the labeling requirements.
No “made by” is written on the label – only the address.
“The manufacture and expiration dates do not follow the acceptable format.
No MAS scratch number for verification.
The “gsk” logo is not correctly positioned as on the original.
“The information listed indicates that the product is falsified and counterfeit.
In view of the above, NAFDAC has notified all its formations in the zones and 36 states of the federation including the FCT to carry out surveillance and mop up the falsified Augmentin tablets.
“Please note that genuine Augmentin 625mg contains legible product labeling information including dates – expiration and manufacturing dates, batch number and NAFDAC registration number.
“Members of the public in possession of the above suspected counterfeit product are advised to stop sale or use and submit the stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.
“Report any suspected adverse drug reactions and substandard and falsified medicines to 0800-162-3322 or [email protected],” he said.