The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Sunday warned Nigerians about fake Covid-19 Antigen rapid test kits in circulation.
The agency made the announcement in a public alert issued to reporters on Sunday.
Fake BTNX Incorporated COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kits were sent to NAFDAC by Health Canada.
Health Canada said the fake test kits were being sold online in 25-packs by a distributor called Healthful Plus that did not have the required licence.
According to NAFDAC, the packaging of counterfeit kits resembles BTNX Inc.’s products. The original color and typeface is used by BTNX Incorporated.
The device ID contains “COV-19C25,” he said, but it also has several key differences, adding that it is classified as manufactured by “Health Advance Inc.” instead of BTNX Inc.
NAFDAC noted that the products have a claim to endorsement by government authorities, such as Health Canada.
The agency advised wholesalers, distributors, pharmacies and consumers to ensure that they obtain their products from trusted and reliable sources.
NAFDAC warned that those who possess a counterfeit product should immediately stop selling or using it and report the inventory to the nearest agency office.
It advised healthcare providers and consumers to report suspected counterfeit health products to NAFDAC.
NAFDAC also advised the public to report adverse effects via Pharmovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng and the electronic reporting platforms www.nafdac.gov.ng or via the Med-Safety app.
NAFDAC alerts Nigerians of fake COVID-19 test kits