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Monday, July 15, 2024

NAFDAC issues alert on counterfeit injection for infection

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued an alert over a counterfeit batch of Giga-S injection identified in Aba, Abia State.

NAFDAC, in a post published on its X page on Monday, noted that the counterfeit product was purchased from a reputed store located in Araria market in the south-eastern state.

According to the agency, “Giga -S injection Ceftriaxone + Sulbactam Inj.1.5g IM/IV” is indicated for the treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible organisms, including sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis.

NAFDAC noted that it is essential to detect and remove the product, which may have been distributed to other parts of the country, from circulation to prevent harm to patients.

Call to action

To prevent possible harm to patients, NAFDAC urged healthcare professionals, distributors and the general public to be vigilant and take immediate action.

The agency said: “NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers and healthcare providers to always exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to prevent the importation, distribution, sale and administration or use of counterfeit or substandard medicinal products. lower.

“All medical products must be obtained from authorized/licensed suppliers. The authenticity and physical condition of the products must be carefully checked.

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“The public in possession of the above product is advised to discontinue sale or use and send the stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.”

The agency further warned on its website that no one should use the counterfeit product if they possess it.

It said: “If you, or someone you know, has used this product or has suffered any adverse reaction after use, you are advised to seek immediate medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional.

“Healthcare professionals and consumers are advised to report any suspected counterfeit or substandard medicines to the nearest NAFDAC office.”

Another fake injection

In April, NAFDAC raised alarm, especially among health professionals, over alleged fake “Tandak injections” circulating across the country.

The agency warns against the use of counterfeit TANDAK injection 1.5g powder and water for injection, stating that the counterfeit is currently being sold to the unsuspecting public.

According to NAFDAC, Tandak injection, a co-formulation of ceftriaxone 100 mg and sulbactam 500 mg, is prescribed to treat various bacterial infections in the body such as gonorrhea, syphilis, urinary tract infections (UTI), meningitis and nosocomial infections. by susceptible bacteria.

He revealed that the product was discovered in Gombe and reported to the agency by “Marcson Healthcare Ltd., the Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH)”.

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