PUBLIC ALERT – FALSIFIED ZIDOLAM-N
(LAMIVUDINE, ZIDOVUDINE & NEVIRAPINE) TABLETS- USED AS ANTI- RETROVIRAL MEDICINE FOUND IN KENYA.
Reference is made to the presence of the above falsified medicine in Kenya. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board, the Medicines Registration Authority in Kenya, has been working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Program Partners in investigating the same. On the 13th September 2011 we identified the presence of discolored, moulding and easilybreaking Zidolam-N in Nairobi being distributed through an NGO that supports HIV care in Kenya. Investigations into the same have revealed that:
1. The Zidolam-N has been manufactured in India by Hetero Drugs Ltd and is duly registered in Kenya since 2007
3. Institutions that have received the above named batches have been informed to quarantine and not dispense the same to any patient with immediate effect, as further investigations were taken.
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Considering the fact that this product which has been prequalified by WHO and the said batches were only supplied through one program / partner in Kenya, the known patients who have received these batches have already been contacted to return their stocks for a replacement. This product is not expected to be available in the private sector, nevertheless, the public is informed that any Zidolam-N in their possession with the above mentioned batch numbers should be taken back to your point of purchase / receipt immediately.
Samples of the products have been sent to several laboratories for detailed chemical analysis,whose findings are expected early next week.
1. Ensure patients are not dispensed with these aforesaid batches
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