WHO and Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Warn of Fake Emergency Contraceptives

The Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a warning to women seeking emergency contraception pills and their partners regarding the importation of counterfeit Postinor-2 tablets. NAFDAC reported that three recoveries of counterfeit contraceptives have occurred in the last month. According to NAFDAC’s Director General, the counterfeit products’ packing indicated that they were manufactured in Hungary (where the manufacturer, Gedeon Richter, is based) but the pills were imported from China. He also stated that tests have been initiated to determine possible side effects from taking counterfeit pills.

NAFDAC reported the recoveries to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO sent a sample to a forensics lab for further analysis where it was determined that the recovered pills contained no active pharmaceutical ingredients (levonorgestrel).  In addition, the WHO also determined that the packaging contained a true Gedeon Richter Batch number but the expiration date and manufactured date were falsified. The WHO issued Drug Alert 128. More information is available here: http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125035:nafdac-warns-on-fake-contraceptives-&catid=1:national&Itemid=559