Reports on fake Panadol pills are false, TFDA assures

30Jun 2018
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
Reports on fake Panadol pills are false, TFDA assures

THE Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has refuted claims on social media about the availability of fake Panadol pills in the market, urging people to continue using the medicine as advised by doctors.

A TFDA statement follows widespread information that has been doing the rounds on the social media claiming the influx of fake Panadol tablets in the market.

The information on the social media claimed that when the tablet was soaked in water it turned into a towel-like cloth, further claiming that it was hazardous to health.

“There is no fake Panadol brand as reports on the social media claim. The claims are false,” TFDA Acting Director General Agnes Sitta Kijo told journalists in Dar es salaam yesterday.

She said TFDA has a quality laboratory to test every drug before being sold in the country.

“There is no such fake medicine in the market. We are very sorry for the misleading information which has caused alarm among the people as well as attempting to jeopardize the work done by our office,” she said.

However, she said the authority would continue to make a follow-up on the matter to ensure no such fake drug enters the market.

Kijo urged users of social networks to shun spreading information which has not been authorised by TFDA in order to avoid unnecessarily alarming the public.

She further reported that the authority had managed to nab one Elia Emmanuel Mhina, who admitted to have edited the clip by putting his voice in Swahili language trying to alert users of the medicine, then sharing it with his friends on the WhatsApp.

She called on anybody with evidence on the availability of fake medicine, food or cosmetic in the country to report to TFDA headquarters or to reginal offices in Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya, Dodoma, Mtwara and Tabora, call toll free 0800110084 or write through web [email protected]

For his part, Elia Mhina, a second-year student at Singida Medical Training Centre admitted to have circulated the clip on the social media and apologised for the incident.

He said he believed the information on the clip to be true, which is why he translated it into Swahili and shared it with friends on Whatsapp groups and other social media to alert users of the medicine, without knowing that the information was false.

TFDA Head of Legal Department Iskari Fute said the student had committed a cyber crime which attracted a two-week imprisonment sentence or a fine amounting to Sh100,000.





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