Police Warns Against Fake Family Planning Drugs

The Uganda Police Force (UPF) has warned the public especially women against the use of falsified contraceptives identified as Postinor.2 as a family planning child spacing method.

The police Spokesperson, ailment Fred Enanga told media at the Police Headquarters in Naguru that in August 2015, the Uganda National Drug Authority notified the World Health Organization (WHO) on the seizure of falsified Postinor.2 discovered in Kampala.

All the parks that were reported bear the same batch number and the expiry/manufacturing dates.

“In response, WHO wrote back confirming circulation of falsified version of Postinor.2 (Levonorgestrel) in East Africa,” Enanga revealed.

“Postinor-2 is a widely used emergency contraceptive that should contain 0.75mg of levonorgestrel. The genuine product is manufactured by Gideon Richter,” Enanga added.

He explained that one buying the drug should ensure that it has a non-usable white ‘scratch area’ on the reverse side of the pack which the fake product doesn’t have.

He warned that the falsified drugs are very harmful to human body and may cause cancer as revealed by medical experts.

“Anyone in possession of the drug without a white scratch area on the reverse side of the pack should not use it but rather make contacts to a pharmacist or a doctor as soon as possible for advise and as well report the incident to the National Medical Store.”


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