The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on Monday cautioned the public about the distribution and sale of fake/counterfeit Vermox tablets on the Ghanaian market.
The FDA, through its Post Market Surveillance with the assistance of Jassen Cilag, the market authorisation holder of Vermox tablets, found batches of fake or counterfeit Vermox tablets in some shops in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Western Regions.
Laboratory analysis revealed that the said batches contained no active ingredients, a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Hudu Mogtari and copied to the GNA said.
Vermox tablets are used for the treatment of worm infestations.
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The FDA said the fake or counterfeit Vermox tablets have the following batch numbers:DALOX00, CIL8J01, DBL4G01 ,DHL2Z00,and BU1V01
It asked the public to take note that the fake/counterfeit Vermox tablets were found in the following shops:
Zac Chemicals Shop,Dansoman Night Market, Accra
Pharma Plus Enterprise, Alajo, Accra
Ferna Pharmacy, near Sempe 2 Primary School, Accra
Kofi Gee License Chemical Store, Agege Last Stop, Accra
Daniel Anane Brown HNo C300, (Dabrane Chemical), Ashaiman, Tema
Sebs Care Pharmacy, Michel Camp, Accra
Lily Oppong Chemicals, Buokrom Estates Junction, Kumasi
Aslina Pharmacy, UGC Bus Stop, Bremang, Kumasi
Joyce Okyere Chemical Shop, Bremang, Kumasi
Mr. Daniel K. Asiedu Chemical Shop, Sekondi /Takoradi
Not I But Christ Chemical Shop, Sekondi /Takoradi
Angela W. A. Agyaong Chemical Shop, Kwabenya, Accra
Silver Dove Chemicals, Kotobabi Trotro Station, Accra
Kamfo Yehowa Chemicals,Nima Highway, Accra
Mama Angelina Licensed Chemical Shop, Bubuashie, Accra
Oaka Pharmacy Ltd, Lapaz, Accra
Benjamin Kofi Abradu chemical Shop, Tabora, Accra
Abeka-Williams Licensed Chemical Seller, Michel Camp, Tema
Kajach Pharma Limited, Kumasi Central Market, Kumasi
Rail View Chemical Store, Tarkwa
Yesu Nti Chemical Store, Takoradi
The statement said pharmacies, licensed chemical shops, hospitals, clinics and all other health facilities having stocks of Vermox with the listed batch numbers are advised to immediately handover those products to any of the FDA offices countrywide.
Furthermore, the public especially Pharmacies, Chemical Shops, Hospitals and Clinics and other Healthcare Facilities are hereby cautioned against buying medicines from drug peddlers and other dubious sources, because medicines purchased from these sources could be fake or counterfeit.