Cameroon’s National Drug Quality Control Laboratory has reported the presence of falsified “quinine” drugs on the local market. “Lot No. 4460 in circulation in Cameroon, with a manufacturing date of 09/2017 and an expiry date of 10/12/2020, does not contain any quinine sulphate” explains the center.
On March 9 the World Health Organization (WHO) already gave the alert, indicating that fake medicines with a fake logo of the Essential Medicines Program are currently in circulation in Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria
The alert refers to falsified quinine sulphate 300 mg and WHO says these products do not contain any “quinine sulphate.” According to the statement, all the falsified products are allegedly manufactured by Remedica Ltd-Cyprus (a leading pharmaceutical company based in Cyprus). However, upon verification, Remedica Ltd. states that it has never manufactured these products.
The Cameroonian Order of Pharmacists confirms that there is a high probability that the antimalarial drugs purchased at the “post” (black market in Cameroon) are of dubious quality.