SENATE, yesterday, moved to investigate why anti-malaria drugs recently banned in the European Union, EU, are still being sold and used in Nigeria. The investigation which followed a motion moved by Senator Theophilous Orji   noted that the 42 anti- malaria drugs are: Alaxin 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B/8; Alaxin oral suspension (dihydroartémisinine) FL/80ml; Amodiaquine 200mg compressed B/1000; Amodiaquine 200mg compressed B/1000; Arinate 100mg tablet (artésunate) B/6; Arinate 50mg tablet (artésunate) B/6; Arsumax 50mg tablet (artésunate) B/12; Artemax 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B/8; Artémédine 40mg capsule (artemether) B/12; Artémédine 50mg tablet (artemether) B/12; and Artenam 50mg tablet (artemether) B/14. Also on the list are Artenam 60mg tablet (artemether) B/8; Artésiane 300mg child powder oral suspension (artemether) FL/38g; Artésunate 100mg compressed B/120; Artésunate 50mg tablet B/120; Artexin 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B/8; Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/9; Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/25 blisters; Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/55 blisters; Camoquin 200mg tablet (amodiquine) B/24; Camoquin 600 mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/3; Camoquin oral suspension 50mg/ 5ml (amodiaquine) FL/60ml; Cotecxin oral suspension (dihydroartémisinine) FL/80ml; Cotecxin 60mg tablet (dihydroartémisinine) B/8; Daraprim tablet (pyriméthamine) B/30; and Falcinil 50mg tablet (artésunate) B/12. Others are Flavoquine oral suspension 50mg/5ml (amodiaquine) FL/90ml; Flavoquine 200mg tablet (amodiaquine) B/16; Flavoquine 200mg tablet (amodjaquine) B/240; Gunate strong tablet (artésunate) B/6 gvs labs; Tvitter powder oral suspension (artemether) FL/100ml; Halfan 250mg tablet (halofantrine) B/6; Halfan 250mg tablet (halofantrine) B/120. They also include Halfan oral suspension 5mg/5ml (halofantrine) FL/45ml; Malartin 200mg tablet (artésunate) B/6; Malartin 50mg tablet (artésunate) B/12; MMH-Malarex 450mg capsule (peschiarafuchsiaefolia) B/20; Paludrine 100mg tablet (proguanil) B/56; Plasmotrim 200mg tablet (artésunate) B/25 blisters/6; Plasmotrim 200mg tablet (artésunate) B/6; Plasmotrim 50mg lactab (artésunate) B/12; and Plasmotrim 50 mg lactab (artésunate) B/25 blisters/6. According to the report, EU countries must not stock any drugs that contains any of these substances: ”Plasmotrin, Anequin, Co-arinate, Arco, Artecon and Dialquin”; Reason given for the ban of the 42 drugs is that they are considered dangerous and linked to the cause of kidney failure. The senator was alarmed that all the 42 anti-malaria drugs banned in Europe are still being stock-piled, sold and consumed in Nigeria. He observed that this situation is already generating panic and concern among medical practitioners and members of the public. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, which had hitherto waged a ceaseless war on the influx of fake and substandard items into Nigeria, have not in any way adequately addressed this issue. President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Professor Mike Ogirima, has already confirmed the delisting of those drugs by European Union countries. Accordingly, the Senate directed its Committee on Health to urgently investigate this matter and report back to it for further actions to save the lives of Nigerians.

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