NAFDAC expresses concern about the availability of subpar cough syrup.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians about a potentially contaminated cough syrup called 'Naturcold' produced by the Franken Group.


NAFDAC stated on its website that the cough syrup was obtained from unauthorised sources because it was not authorised for marketing in Cameroon. Six children under the age of five are believed to have died as a result of the cough syrup at a health facility in the health district of Fundong, in Cameroon's North-West region. According to the North-West Region of Cameroon's delegate for Public Health, the children's kidney function decreased after consuming the suspected substandard cough syrup.NAFDAC raises alarm over substandard cough syrup in circulation


“Although the product is not in NAFDAC database, importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers are advised to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the substandard (contaminated) syrups. All medical products must be obtained from authorised/licensed suppliers. The products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked.

NAFDAC implores members of the public to desist from purchasing medicinal products from unauthorised sources such as roadside vendors and street hawkers as fake drugs are mostly smuggled into the country from neighbouring countries and distributed through such inappropriate channels.

Anyone in possession of the above-mentioned product is advised to discontinue sale or use and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office. If you, or someone you know, have used these products, or suffered any adverse reaction/event after use, you are advised to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional” NAFDAC said


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