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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has raised the alarm over the existence of a killer cough syrup, NATURCOLD.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, raised the alarm through a statement issued on Wednesday.
Adeyeye, stated that the cough syrup has already caused the death of six children in Cameroon.
Adeyeye noted that the cough syrup was not in NAFDAC’s database, urging importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain.
She also called on importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale, and consumption of the substandard syrup.
“All medical products must be obtained from authorised/licensed suppliers. The products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.
“NAFDAC implores members of the public to desist from buying medicinal products from unauthorised sources such as roadside vendors and street hawkers,” the NAFDAC DG stated.
Adeyeye added that fake drugs were mostly smuggled into the country from neighbouring countries and distributed through inappropriate channels.
She enjoined anyone in possession of NATURCOLD to discontinue its sale or use and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.
“If you know anyone who have used these product, or suffered any adverse reaction after use, such person is advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional,” she stressed.
Adeyeye also enjoined healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of sale and use of substandard and falsified medicines to the nearest NAFDAC office.
She stated that Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health already issued an alert regarding the suspected substandard cough syrup.
The NAFDAC boss added that the death of the six victims of the cough syrup was recorded at a health facility in the district of Fundong, North-West region of Cameroon.
She quoted the delegate for Public Health in the region as saying that children who took the syrup showed a decrease in kidney function.
Adeyeye disclosed that the syrup was not authorised for marketing in Cameroon and was bought from unauthorised sources.
Adeyeye further urged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse side effects of medicinal products to the nearest NAFDAC office, or through e-reporting.
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