Fake contraceptives in circulation, warns board

By: EUNICE KILONZO

The Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board has warned there is a fake emergency contraceptive, commonly known as P2, in circulation.

The board has asked those who might have taken the product to “seek medical advice immediately”.

The counterfeit drug, called ‘POSTINOR-2’, can be identified by a white “scratch area” on the reverse side of the pack that the board describes as “non-useable”.

The board is recalling the drug, whose Batch Number is T38012, with a manufacturing date of 08, 2013 and manufactured by Gedeon Ritcher.

The drug is used as an emergency contraceptive to prevent pregnancies within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

In a statement to newsrooms, the registrar of the board, Dr Kipkerich Koskei, says: “The batch number and manufacturing/expiry dates relate to a genuine batch of Postinor-2, and the manufacturers of genuine Postinor-2 have confirmed the packaging is falsified.”

He added: “You are advised to be on the lookout for the presence of the above product and report to the Board through the following hotline 0702475976 or email pv@pharmacyboardkenya.org cc insp@pharmacyboardkenya.org”

The statement further states the discovery of the authenticity of the drug followed “a rapid alert received from World Health Organization that the above mentioned product has been discovered in Kampala Uganda”.

The packaging is in the English, French and Spanish languages.

The statement adds: “If you are in possession of the same batch of Postinor-2 shown in the below photograph and with a non-useable white “scratch area” on the reverse side of the pack please do not use, contact a Pharmacist or a Doctor as soon as possible for advice and report the incident Pharmacovigilance Department at Pharmacy and Poisons Board.”

The board further says there are drug inspectors carrying out investigations on the ground and at ports of entry.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION