NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians On Existence Of Fake COVID-19 Test Kits
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has notified Nigerians about counterfeit gen Covid-19 Antigen rapid test kits in circulation.
The notification is contained in a NAFDAC public alert released to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
The counterfeit BTNX Incorporated COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits was communicated to NAFDAC by Health Canada.
NAFDAC quoted Health Canada as saying that the fake test kits were sold online in 25-pack boxes by a distributor called Healthful Plus who had not the required licence.
NAFDAC said the packaging of the counterfeit kits resembles the authentic BTNX Inc. products in colour and typeface and uses the BTNX Incorporated.
It said that the device identifier has “COV-19C25”, but also has several key differences, adding that it was labelled as manufactured by “Health Advance Inc.” instead of BTNX Inc.
NAFDAC stated that on the packaging Health Advance was identified as the “Official Canadian Distributor of the counterfeit products.
It pointed out that the products had a claim of endorsement by government authorities, such as Health Canada.
“Genuine COVID-19 Antigen test kit helps detect certain proteins in the virus. Rapid antigen tests are designed to tell in a few minutes whether someone is infected or not.
“It is recommended as a high performing test for individuals with symptoms, high-risk populations and healthcare or casual workers.
“Counterfeit health products are imitations of authentic products. The safety and effectiveness of these counterfeit test kits have not been assessed.
“The genuine manufacturer BTNX Inc. has confirmed that the devices were counterfeit,” NAFDAC said.