NAFDAC cautions Nigerians about inferior, tainted syrup

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, or NAFDAC, has warned the public about five contaminated syrups that are purportedly being distributed in World Health Organization (WHO) territories.

The announcement is contained in a public alert No. 037/2023, signed by the agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday in Abuja.

The WHO regions are listed as follows: America, Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia, and Western Pacific.

NAFDAC further stated that the five oral liquid dosage forms (syrup and suspension) were discovered in the Maldives and Pakistan, with some of the contaminated goods also found in Belize, Fiji, and the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic.

The agency identified the syrups as ALERGO Syrup, EMIDONE Suspension, MUCORID Syrup, ULCOFIN Suspension, and ZINCELL Syrup, noting that “a total of 23 batches of the products are affected, and the stated manufacturer is PHARMIX LABORATORIES (PVT.) LTD (Pakistan)”.

According to the NAFDAC director, as a precautionary measure, DRAP directed PHARMIX LABORATORIES to halt production of all oral liquid dosage medicines and issued a Recall Alert for the company’s five different oral dosage products.

She showed that Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol are harmful to humans and can be lethal.

According to her, hazardous effects can include abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty to pass urine, headache, changed mental state, and severe renal injury, which can be fatal.

According to the NAFDAC CEO, makers of liquid dosage forms, particularly syrups containing excipients, are at risk of contamination with EG/DEG such as glycol, sorbitol, and/or glycerin/glycerol.

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