NAFDAC alerts public on unregistered ceftriaxone injection brand, ZACEF-TZ Injection

NAFDAC alerts public on unregistered ceftriaxone injection brand, ZACEF-TZ Injection

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a public notice regarding the sale of an unregistered Ceftriaxone Sodium Injection brand known as ZACEF-TZ Injection.

This revelation comes following an investigation initiated by the post-marketing surveillance (PMS) unit of the Agency in FCT, Abuja, prompted by a consumer complaint.

The investigation uncovered the distribution of the unregistered product within the FCT, leading to immediate action to remove the offending product from circulation in the area.

Furthermore, NAFDAC has issued directives to all zonal directors and state coordinators to conduct surveillance and eliminate the unregistered product from their respective zones and states.

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What you should know

Ceftriaxone & Tazobactam Injection, a combination antibiotic, is commonly used for treating various bacterial infections.
However, the unauthorized marketing of substandard and falsified medicines poses significant health risks to consumers, as it compromises safety, quality, and efficacy standards.
It is important to note that the purported NAFDAC Registration Number A-46344 displayed on the product is falsified and does not exist in the NAFDAC database.
Additionally, the product lacks manufacturer details and does not include a patient information leaflet in the secondary pack.

Notably, the product shares a similar name (sound-alike) with a registered drug product, EXACEF-TZ Injection (Ceftriaxone Sodium + Tazobactam Sodium), which contains the same active ingredient combination.

NAFDAC urges importers, distributors, retailers, healthcare professionals, and caregivers to exercise utmost caution and vigilance within the supply chain to prevent the importation, distribution, sale, and use of substandard and falsified products.

It is emphasized that all medical products must be sourced from authorized and licensed suppliers, and their authenticity and physical condition should be thoroughly verified.

Healthcare professionals and consumers are encouraged to report any suspicions of the sale of substandard and falsified medicines or medical devices to the nearest NAFDAC office, via the NAFDAC hotline or through email.

Furthermore, adverse events or side effects related to the use of medicinal products or devices should be reported promptly to the nearest NAFDAC office or through the various reporting platforms available on the NAFDAC website and Med-safety application.

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