NDA discovers fake foot-and-mouth disease vaccines on market

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NDA discovers fake foot-and-mouth disease vaccines on market
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KAMPALA - The National Drug Authority (NDA) has discovered fake and unauthorized foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines on the market.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, NDA says vaccines trading under brand names Purified FMD Fotivax Foot and Mouth Disease and “National Veterinary Institute Foot and Mouth Disease Broad Spectrum Vaccine were discovered during a post-surveillance.

“These products have not undergone NDA’s approval processes and therefore, we can’t guarantee their safety, quality and efficacy,” Abiaz Rwamwiri, the NDA spokesperson, said.

Following the development, NDA has reminded the public that FMD vaccines are only procured and imported by the government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

The drugs authority further clarified that all FMD vaccines are only distributed by the district local governments through the district veterinary offices.

“We call upon the public to be vigilant especially in this period of FMD outbreak in some parts of the country and report anyone suspected to be involved in drug related crimes..” NDA said.

According to MAAIF, over 32 districts countrywide are grappling with the outbreak of FMD which has left many farmers counting livestock and product losses.

Amid the outbreak, the ministry has since enforced quarantine across the affected districts to combat the deadly livestock disease.

This week, the Cabinet approved government’s move to procure 10 million doses of FMD vaccine to scale up ring vaccination in both affected and high-risk neighboring districts.

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