By Derrick Kiplagat
The Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board has warned that there is a counterfeit contraceptive, commonly known as P2 in circulation. The board has advised anyone who might have taken the product to “seek medical advice immediately.”
The board has identified the counterfeit as one having a white “scratch area” on the reverse side of the pack which the board describes as “non-usable.” The board has recalled the drug, whose batch number is T38012, which have a manufacturing date of 08, 2013 and manufactured by Gedeon Ritcher.
The P2 is used as an emergency pill to prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sex. In a statement to the press, the registrar of the board Dr. Kipkerich Koskei said, “The batch number and manufacturing or expiry dates relate to a genuine batch of Postinor-2, and the manufacturers of genuine Postinor-2 have confirmed the packaging is falsified.”
“You are advised to be on the lookout for the presence of the above product and report the Board through the following hotline 0702475976 or email firstname.lastname@example.org cc email@example.com ,” he adds.
The statement moves on to state the discovery of the authenticity of the drug following “a rapid alert received from World Health Organization that the above mentioned product has been discovered in Kampala, Uganda.” The packaging of the drugs is in English, French and Spanish. The statement further says, “If you are in possession of the same batch of Postinor-2 shown in the below photograph and with a non-usable 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.”