NDA Examines Ten More Defective Medicines

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National Drug Authority says it has received several complaints from members of the public indicating that the medicines have quality and standard challenges which can potentially result into physical, psychological or emotional injury.

The National Drug Authority (NDA) is examining another set of 10 human and animal drugs that are reported to be defective. They include vaccines, antibiotics, pain killers and antihypertensive medicines.

The Authority says it has received several complaints from members of the public indicating that the medicines have quality and standard challenges which can potentially result into physical, psychological or emotional injury among consumers.

The development comes just days after National Drug Authority recalled six types of drugs and vaccines from the market saying that they were of poor quality, unsafe and ineffective. These included both animal and human drugs manufactured in India, Morocco and Spain.

Univittal multivitamin capsules, one of the recalled drugs from india was a poor quality product whose tablets got stuck to the Aluminum foil package. Another drug Agonal marketed under a generic name Nalidixic Acid turned mild and black away from its original colour white.

Other drugs recalled Vitamin B Complex injections manufactured from China which was found to contain suspended dark particles and NETVAICAIN plain, an injection which was wrongly labeled with "For IV use only" contrary to the acceptable method of administration.

Solomon Onen, an officer from the Drug Inspectorate Office at NDA says that after the recall Alert, NDA has intensified examinations to establish the safety, quality and efficacy of the medicines. He adds that some of the drugs being examined could have developed defects as a result of poor storage and transportation.
 
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Meanwhile, Onen says there will also be more vigilance on the recently recalled medicines which are now considered high risk.

Peter Ssali the head quality management with NDA has advised the public to consider reading and understanding the drugs they purchase, he says basic things like change in form and color should voke suspicion.
 
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NDA says that the management of the authority is yet to sit down and decide on measures to follow on the suppliers of the recalled drugs.

Ssali notes that if they suppliers don't comply, they will be blocked from importing the drugs onto the Ugandan market. "National drug authority could take the matter to court since it is illegal to distribute impure drugs among others," Ssali added.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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