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Government warns Kenyans on using banned contraceptive

The government has warned Kenyans against using a contraceptive that is banned from the market and is considered harmful.

In a statement, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) said it had been made aware of reports in the media regarding the oral contraceptive pill named Sofia in the Kenyan market.

An investigative report done by a local television channel revealed that Kenyan ladies were purchasing the drug despite an earlier warning issued by PPB.

The report revealed the said drug trades at Sh200 and some females preferred to use it.

“The PPB would like to inform the public that the medical product is not registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and therefore is not authorised for use or distribution in Kenya. The product is substandard and falsified and poses a great risk to the health and safety of the public,” the statement read in part.

The Board said it had set up a rapid response team that will heighten surveillance to confirm and check whether the oral contraceptive was currently in circulation within the Kenyan market.

This PPB said it was purely aimed at ensuring that it protects Kenyans and the public at large from the effects of using the contraceptive.


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