Fake Malaria Drug On the Ghanaian Market - FDA Warns

 
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is warning the general public, particularly hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other health facilities, about the presence of a fake anti-malarial medicine on the Ghanaian market - Quinine Sulphate Tablets (300mg).

The medicine in question, according to the FDA, is imported and distributed by St Kem Pharmaceuticals Limited, whose offices are located at 

Patasi, Kumasi (opposite the Police Depot) and at Achimota, Accra, ( 1st Floor of Dokua Plaza) and has the following features:
Batch Number: 33587Q
Manufacturing Date: May, 2012
Expiry Date: May, 2015 Manufactured by: Biochemie GmbH, Vienna, Austria
According to the FDA, the product is packaged in a white plastic container, containing 1000 tablets, 

With the inscription 'ESSENTIAL DRUGS PROGRAME' and the above mentioned information on the label.
It a statement dated November 30, 2013, signed by its Head of Communications, James Lartey and released in Accra said "results of laboratory analysis conducted on the product at the FDA Laboratory showed that the Quinine Sulphate Tablet contains no active pharmaceutical ingredient making it a complete counterfeit/fake medicine." Quinine Sulphate tablet is used to treat severe and complicated malaria.

The FDA said a total quantity of 64 containers of 1000 tablets each (64,000 tablets) have been seized at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital in the Brong Ahafo Region and St Kem Pharmaceuticals Limited in Kumasi by FDA officials during a post market surveillance activities.
It has in effect, urged hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other facilities having stocks of the fake/counterfeit Quinine Tablets with the above stated description to as a matter of urgency hand them over to the nearest FDA office countrywide.

"The general public is entreated not to patronize the said product and to report to the FDA anyone found selling them," warned the FDA.
The supplier of the product, the statement noted, has been invited by the security agencies to assist in investigations.

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