Alert over fake anti-snake venom drugs issued

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Samson Kitavi

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has issued an alert over fake anti-venom drugs in circulation in the country.

The board is now appealing to members of the public to report immediately to authorities, in case they come across the drugs, some of which bear no expiry date.

In a statement to newsrooms, the pharmacy and poisons board notifies the general public, medical practitioners, and pharmacists of 2 falsified and unregistered anti-snake venom drugs in circulation.

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One of the drugs is known as “Puff Udder” 3ml, Lot No: 000697:

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Date of Manufacture: 09-2015;

Date of Expiry: 09-2022

It is purportedly manufactured by SANOG AVENTUS – Italy

The other drug is just labeled Antivenom, and does not bear the date of manufacture, dosage or instructions of use.

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Members of the public and medical practitioners are therefore advised to be on the lookout for the fake drugs.

Should you come across any of these, contact the Board on 0720 608 811 or log onto the website, or email [email protected]

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board:

  • The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) is the drug regulatory authority established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act Cap 244 laws of Kenya.
  • The Board has the sole responsibility to protect the health of the public by regulating the profession of pharmacy and ensuring quality, safety and efficacy of medical products and Health technologies.
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