NAFDAC has revealed to Nigerians and healthcare providers, that there are fake meningitis vaccines being sold in Niger Republic right about now.
In a recent press statement by Prof. Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s Director General, said that health authorities in Niger made everyone aware after it was seen during routine inspection of pharmacies in Niamey last month.
Prof Moji said, “We are raising alert on the circulation of MencevaxTM ACWY and MencevaxTM ACW vaccines circulating in Niger Republic.
“The Health Authorities of the Republic of Niger issued an alert on the fake vaccines discovered during routine inspections of the pharmacies in Niamey, Niger Republic, on 14th March, 2019.
“The Lot number of the fake MencevaxTM ACW vaccine is AMEN A020 AA, while the Lot number of the fake MencevaxTM ACWY is AMEH A020 AA,”
The fake MencevaxTM ACWY vaccine has a manufacturing date of December 2016 and an expiring date of November 2021.
“Genuine MencevaxTM ACW and MencevaxTM ACWY vaccines are used to control outbreak of meningococcal infection.
“The genuine vaccines were registered by NAFDAC in favour of Glaxo SmithKline Beecham (GSK). Pfizer acquired the vaccines from GSK in 2015.
“NAFDAC implores all importers, wholesalers, and retailers not to illegally import, distribute and sell the fake Mencevax vaccines.”
”Pfizer Specialties Limited, 21 Lugard Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos discontinued commercialization of Mencevax Vaccines in Nigeria in June 2018.
“As a result of the discontinuation of commercialization of the vaccines, Pfizer specialties Limited no longer import the vaccines into Nigeria.
“Surveillance has been strengthened by NAFDAC at all ports of entry to prevent importation of the fake vaccines from Niger Republic, and to prevent the distribution and sale of the fake vaccine.”
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