The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians to the circulation of fake 250mg tablets of chloroquine phosphate.
Chloroquine is an oral artemisinin-based monotherapy (oAMTs) used for malaria treatment.
In a statement, Mojisola Adeyey, director-general of NAFDAC, said the agency was notified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the circulation of the tablets in Cameroon.
She said the agency has strengthened its surveillance ports to prevent the entry of the fake chloroquine into Nigeria.
“The falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets were manufactured by Jiangsu pharmaceutical Inc, Astral pharmaceutical New Bhupalpura, China,” the statement read.
“The tablets manufactured by these companies has no active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and are in packs of 1000 tablets