FDA: Coartem, Procold, Zentel among 72 unregistered drugs

A man buys smuggled and/or counterfeit medicine 14 June 2007 on the Adjame market in Abidjan. Ivorian pharmacists are worried about the multiplication of fraudulent street medecine that are, according to them, threatening their trade and the health of patients. Fraudulent street medecine sales have risen by 15 to 25 percent in the last two years in Ivory Coast and represent a 53 million euro a year loss for the legal pharmaceutical sector, according to the chairman of the national order council, overseeing the trade, Parfait Kouassi. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has named Coartem, Procold, Zentel and Amodiaquine Suspension as some of the unregistered drugs shipped into the country.

This forms part of a list of 72 drugs the FDA said were imported into the country between 2012 and 2013, without authorisation.

Officials of the FDA revealed this when they met the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament with regards to their operations on Monday.

The drugs listed include medication used for treatment of malaria, flu and other ailments commonly recorded in various health facilities across the country.

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