The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria has issued a warning to the public against the use of a cough syrup named “NATURCOLD,” which is said to be a killer cough syrup. NAFDAC stated that the product is suspected to be substandard and is alleged to have caused the death of six children under the age of five who were reportedly administered the product at a medical facility in Cameroon’s Fundong health district.
NAFDAC disclosed that the cough syrup is not in their database, and the product was obtained from unlicensed sources. The organization advised importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the distribution, sale, and use of the substandard and contaminated syrups.
NAFDAC also urged anyone in possession of the product to discontinue its sale or use and submit the stock to the nearest NAFDAC office. It warned individuals who may have used the product or experienced adverse reactions after using it to seek immediate medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional.
In addition, NAFDAC highlighted that the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Health had issued a warning regarding the alleged substandard cough syrup, which was produced by Fraken Group. It reported that the product was not authorized for commercialization in Cameroon, and the children who ingested the syrup had experienced a decline in renal function.
The warning issued by NAFDAC emphasizes the need for caution and the importance of ensuring that all drugs and pharmaceutical products are sourced from licensed and reputable sources.
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