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Deadly Postinor 2 on the market

By Carol Kasujja

Added 14th June 2017 03:20 PM

According to a recent surprise operation by National Drug Authority, it was revealed that the most counterfeited drug is Postinor 2 because it is on high demand.

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According to a recent surprise operation by National Drug Authority, it was revealed that the most counterfeited drug is Postinor 2 because it is on high demand.

If the emergency contraceptive pill you took fails to provide the desired result, don't be surprised: the market is being flooded with fake pills.

According to a recent surprise operation by National Drug Authority, it was revealed that the most counterfeited drug is Postinor 2 because it is on high demand.

Postinor-2 is an emergency contraceptive pill commonly known as the morning after pill. It’s usually taken after unprotected sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy.

“The high number of unwanted pregnancies by women who claim to have used emergency pills is a pointer to lack of proper information indicated on the fake postinor-2 unqualified doctors and nurses sell. Large quantity of substandard Postinor-2 is currently being sold illegally in drug shops, clinics and pharmacies,” said Fredrick Ssekyana, the NDA spokesperson.

Ssekyana says that while it is advisable to take the pill once in a month, there are young women who are using them more than five times in a month yet some of the drug is fake.

“We are urging women and the public to be vigilant and carefully observe the security features of the drug in order to properly identify it before making any purchases,” he said.

Genuine
   

Counterfeit

Secondary pack has 9 Golden ridges emanating from top right corner of the box,which can be felt with touch
   

Some versions of counterfeit have ridges that can be felt, while the ridges of some cannot be felt by touch

The batch number embossed on the blister pack excludes the last letter;eg T62788B-secondary pack T62788-blister pack.

 

Note that B’ has been excluded on the primary pack
   

The batch number on the printed or secondary pack is exactly the same as the one embossed on the blister pack,without excluding the last letter eg T62788B on the blister pack. Note that B’ has not been excluded on the blister pack.

The space in the circular ring on the blister pack is clear without any powder deposits.
   

The circular ring on the blister pack appears misty,possibly due to deposits of powder during packaging

The information leaflet is made out of soft paper material
   

The information leaflet is made out of slightly hard paper material relative to the one in the genuine product

 

“Pharmacies which have the suspected counterfeit product are advised to hand over the product to NDA. Any drug outlet found in possession of the counterfeit Postinor 2 is liable to prosecution,” said Donna Kusemererwa, the NDA executive office.

Dangers of taking fake postinor-2

Dr Bright Mukisa, a senior Gynecology at Mukama Clinic Nakulabye says Postinor-2 is a prescription medicine given with the guidance of the doctor. But these days’ pharmacists are dispensing it without understanding the condition of the patient they are dealing with. It is true Postinor-2 can prevent pregnancy 95% in the first 24 hours after intercourse. But it has many side effects that can be dangerous to women.

“Taking a fake pill can cause unnecessary bleeding, breast cancer, liver diseases, delay in the next menstrual period and vomiting,” he said.

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