One question we are often asked at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch and which is also heavily searched on our website is ‘whether or not Procold is banned in Nigeria”. The answer of course is NO. Procold is not banned in Nigeria.
Recently, a twitter user, one Tunde Aluko, commented on why Procold is still being sold in Nigeria despite it being banned.
How’s procold banned from 2007 or 2012 and it is still readily available?
— Tunde Aluko (MFR) (@tundealuko) August 21, 2017
In response to the tweet and a call for a response, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) stated that Procold is not banned in the country. In addition, the agency shared an announcement it had put out alerting the public of the same.
Procold tablet is NOT a banned product pic.twitter.com/SLruls8qtJ
— NAFDAC NIGERIA (@NafdacAgency) August 22, 2017
Last September, Orange Group issued a statement informing the Nigerian public that a message circulating social media about Procold being a banned product is false. According to Orange Group, the statement claims that a representative from NAFDAC, by the name, Owoeye Lanre, released this statement, which is also FALSE.
Procold, a cold medicine brand manufactured by Kalbe Farma, and marketed by Orange Drugs Limited, has never been banned by the National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control. We will like to use this platform to state that these statements are false and must be retracted immediately. Procold is a registered and approved medicine by NAFDAC, as can be seen on the attached document below. NAFDAC has never BANNED Procold and continues to support the brand. Procold is composed of Paracetamol 500mg, Pseudoephedrine HCI 30mg, Chlorpheniramine Maleate 2mg, these ingredients are effective in combatting cold and flu, and are approved for consumption. Orange Drugs Limited, a subsidiary of Orange Group, is committed to providing our consumers the very best in pharmaceutical products. We pride ourselves on the quality and efficacy of our products and are committed on providing quality Healthcare solutions.
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