Nigeria News | NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians on Falsified Augmentin Products Circulating in Uganda and Kenya

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of falsified Augmentin products circulating in Uganda and Kenya.

NAFDAC was notified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the circulation of confirmed falsified Augmentin (Amoxicillin trihydrate + Potassium clavulanate) in Uganda and Kenya.

Amoxycillin + Clavulanic acid is used to treat a range of bacterial infections and is on WHO Essential Medicines list.

NAFDAC reportedly said that the National Drug Authority (NDA), Uganda informed WHO that the falsified Augmentin was detected at patient level in Uganda through routine post marketing surveillance on the quality of medical products.

Quality testing of the falsified Augmentin samples was conducted in the laboratory and the result revealed none of the expected active ingredients.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), Kenya confirmed to WHO that the same batch of the falsified Augmentin had previously been found at patient level in Kenya.

The falsified Augmentin has labelling and packaging inconsistencies including the manufacturer, SmithKline Beecham Limited has confirmed they did not manufacture this falsified version.

The details of the falsified Augmentin (Amoxicillin trihydrate + Potassium clavulanate) are:

Product NameAugmentin (Amoxicillintrihydrate + Potassiumclavulanate)
Stated ManufacturerSmithKline Beecham Limited
Batch Number786627
Manufacturing DateAug 2016
Expiry DateAug 2019
Stated Active Ingredients500 mg amoxicillin as amoxicillin trihydrate Ph.Eur
125 mg clavulanic acid as potassium clavulanate Ph.Eur.

NAFDAC has strengthened surveillance at all ports of entry to prevent the importation of the falsified Augmentin into Nigeria.

Healthcare providers and other members of the public are implored to contact the nearest NAFDAC office with any information concerning the distribution, sale and use of the falsified Augmentin.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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