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Government forced to issue statement over 'dangerous medicine' being sold in Kenya

You have to be careful with this drug.

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The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has denied reports that an anti-malaria drug has been recalled from the Kenyan market.

The Board said Duo-Cotexcin is only under quarantine pending investigations after failing a quality test.

“No recall or withdrawal is being conducted for the above product. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is undertaking investigations to ascertain the suspected quality defect on that specific batch No 160621,” a statement sent to newsrooms said.

On Thursday, an official from the Board had indicated that Duo-Cotexcin would no longer be imported or sold in the Kenyan market.

Ms. Jacinter Wasike, Director of Inspection, Surveillance and Enforcement told reporters in Kisumu that the move was due to safety concerns.

“We are encouraging members of the public to verify the status of pharmacy outlets by sending SMS to 21031 free of charge to get the status report,” Dr. Wasike advised.

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