Use It At Your Own Risk! National Drug Authority Cautions Ugandans Against Using China-Made Contraceptive Pill Causing Cancer, Infertility

Use It At Your Own Risk! National Drug Authority Cautions Ugandans Against Using China-Made Contraceptive Pill Causing Cancer, Infertility

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: The National Drug Authority has cautioned members of the public about a China-made contraceptive pill which is currently on the Ugandan market but causes cancer and infertility among women.

The drug regulator says the unauthorized Chinese pill is being sold on the black market and used as a contraceptive with its packaging, with all the labelling and information leaflet written in the Chinese language, except for the claimed ingredients Levonorgestrel and Quinestrol.

“The pill was found to contain high doses of the hormones above the recommended dosage and the risks associated with the use of this product include among others prolonged bleeding, irregular menstrual periods, palpitations, the possibility of developing blood clots, heart diseases, abnormally thickened endometrium, a predisposing factor for endometrial cancer and infertility,” NDA said in a statement.

According to NDA, when consumed, the Chinese pill ensures the hormones stay in the body for a long time and the adverse effects may further manifest in babies that are born by the mothers with these including secondary sexual characteristics like premature puberty.

The regulator further adds that “NDA strongly warns all drug outlets or persons with immediate effect to stop stocking and sale of the Chinese pill. NDA post-market surveillance and enforcement units are on full alert to undertake regulatory actions against this illegality.

“Family planning services should be sought from qualified health professionals. The public is expected to remain vigilant and report any suspected substandard and falsified medical products to NDA.”

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