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Cofepris launched a health alert for the sale of adulterated and counterfeit drugs in Edomex


Cofepris invited citizens to make a complaint in case of detecting anomalous products (Photo: Pixabay)

The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) warned about the commercialization of counterfeit and adulterated drugs in two pharmacies of the State of Mexico (Edomex). According to the information released through a statement, the products were found in two establishments of the company called “Popular Pharmacy”.

The first establishment in which apocryphal drugs were found is located on Calle Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 206, Colonia Centro, Cuautitlán, Edomex, whose company name is Farmacia Popular Gallegos e Hijos, SA de CV

Here the counterfeit product was found Tempra Forte (Paracetamol). According to the Cofepris alert, the secondary packaging of the tablets had printing defects, the pills were of a different color from the original presentation and the blister was of a smaller dimension than the authentic version.

Cofepris launched a health alert for the sale of adulterated and counterfeit drugs in Edomex
The establishments where apocryphal products were located are located in Cuautitlán, State of Mexico (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The second establishment also belongs to the “Popular Pharmacy” and is located on Adolfo López Mateos Street No. 23, Colonia San Lorenzo, in the municipality of Cuautitlán Izcalli, Edomex. In this drugstore, the Commission found four adulterated, counterfeit and fractioned products.

The first of them corresponds to the medicine Lasts twelve, whose active component is hydroxocobalamin. According to the Cofepris report, this injectable solution presented adulteration in the vials, since they were correct on the expiration date and were loose in the box.

Another product with adulteration was the presentation in tablets of the antibiotic Denvar (cefixime). In this case, the expiration date on the secondary packaging was altered and on the blister it was observed that the expiration date and the batch were shortened.

These drugs were added Amaryl (glimepiride / metformin), which presented adulteration in terms of the sanitary registration, since it has been canceled since October 2019, in addition, the packaging and the blister present noticeable differences in terms of the size of the original products.

Cofepris launched a health alert for the sale of adulterated and counterfeit drugs in Edomex
Cofepris detected counterfeit and adulterated drugs in two establishments that operate under the name “Popular Pharmacy” (Photo: EFE / José Méndez / Archive)

Finally, counterfeiting was detected in the product Agin (acetylsalicylic acid, ascorbic acid, and sulfadiazine), since differences were found in the color, typography, images, texts and sizes of the authentic presentation of the analgesic in tablets.

For this reason, the institution invited those who have bought in these pharmacies to verify the authenticity of their medicines and he specified that both establishments already have health security measures applied by Cofepris, consisting of a total temporary suspension of services.

Likewise, the Federal Commission announced that the holders of sanitary records of the aforementioned products appeared before the corresponding authorities and reported that it was counterfeit and adulterated products, so they should not be marketed by any establishment. In the case of adulterated drugs, the expiration date had passed.

Cofepris launched a health alert for the sale of adulterated and counterfeit drugs in Edomex
Cofepris recommended suspending the use of adulterated medications and going to the doctor to give continuity to his treatment (PHOTO: RODOLFO ANGULO / CUARTOSCURO.COM)

Thus, Cofepris made the following recommendations to users who purchased the four products described above in the “Popular Pharmacy” establishments:

1. Suspend its use and contact health professionals to continue your medical treatment.

2. Report any adverse reaction or discomfort related to the consumption of the product in gob.mx/cofepris or through the mail farmacovigilancia@cofepris.gob.mx.

3. Acquire medicines only in formally established establishments that have a health license or operating notice.

4. Check that the lot numbers and expiration dates do not show anomalies in their printing.

5. Avoid acquiring fractionated or bulk medicine, since it loses its identity, batch and expiration date.

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