Low quality medicines removed from shelves

The Ministry of Health ordered the removal of Seachfol-Z or Pantoprazole tablets from shelves in pharmacies across the country on April 19.

Pluriamin, a vitamin, removed from shelves in pharmacies due to its low quality

The drugs were withdrawn from the market as they failed to meet the required medical quality standards.

Seachfol-Z or Pantoprazole tablets are used for short-term treatment of erosion and ulceration of the esophagus caused by gastro-esophageal reflux disease. 

Overseas Laboratories Ovt Ltd, India made the medicines that were imported by the National Pharmaceutical Company No.2 on July 12, 2010 with expiry date July 11, 2013 and registered number VN2664-07.

The Hanoi Health Department has just issued its decision to suspend Pluriamin tablets from circulation, due to poor quality.

The Tipharco Pharmaceutical Joint-Stock Company with manufacturing date October 25, 2009 and expiry date October 25, 2011 and registered number VNA-2411-04 manufactured the drug. The drug is a vitamin with amino acids and minerals for the elderly, recuperating patients, malnutrition children and pregnant women.

The drug tested with less content of vitamins B1, B2 and B6 than it had announced and had an unpleasant smell.

Source: local media - Translated by Dan Thuy

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