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 Name||Augmentin (Amoxicillintrihydrate + Potassiumclavulanate)|
|Stated Manufacturer||SmithKline Beecham Limited|
|Manufacturing Date||Aug 2016|
|Expiry Date||Aug 2019|
|Stated Active Ingredients||500 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.