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ZAMRA recalls ‘unsafe’ sanitisers, disinfectants

THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has recalled hand sanitisers and disinfectants that do not conform to recommended specifications.

Senior public relations officer Christabel Mutale Iliamupu said the recall had been necessitated by the results of analysis and testing of sampled alcohol-based hand sanitisers and disinfectants undertaken at the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) Laboratory which reviewed that the products do not provide the required protection or safety.

Iliamupu urged all healthcare professionals, health facilities, pharmaceutical outlets, business entities and the general public to avoid purchasing or using the named products.

“Additionally, the Authority wishes to urge manufacturers of alcohol-based hand sanitisers to ensure that hand sanitisers are manufactured using the recommended product formulations.

This is important in safeguarding public health by ensuring effective prevention and mitigation of COVID-19,” she said. “The Authority remains resolute in undertaking continuous surveillance of medicines and allied substances made available to the Zambian population so as to ensure consistent conformity to the set standards of quality, safety and efficacy throughout the supply chain.”

She named the manufacturer/distributor and reasons for withdrawal as 10 Wonder Hand Sanitiser (Ashtons Pharmaceuticals Limited, Lusaka) – all very low alcohol content (25 per cent) and unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy, Avacare Instant Hand Sanitiser (Augusta Limited, Lusaka) – all wrong active ingredient (Methanol), Bickmac Disinfectant 20 litres (Bickmac Enterprises

Limited, Lusaka) – all extremely low alcohol content (0.5 per cent), Glitzcare Hand Sanitiser (Banyati Zambia Limited, Lusaka) – all very low alcohol content (46 per cent), unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy – Flost Antiseptic Hand Gel 110ml (Pharmex Zambia Limited, Lusaka 42074) – very low alcohol content (52 per cent), unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy, Classic Match Waterless Hand

Sanitiser 100ml (Classic Cosmetics, South Africa) – All Low alcohol content (56 per cent), Classic Match Waterless Hand Sanitiser 50ml (Classic Cosmetics, South Africa) – all low alcohol content (50 per cent), SoClean Sanitiser Germ Killer (SoChem Enterprise Limited, Lusaka) – all very low alcohol content (4.9 per cent), unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy, SoClean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitiser (SoChem Enterprise Limited, Lusaka) – all very low alcohol content (14 per cent), unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy, 10 3X Plus Liquid Sanitiser (Not stated S01) – very low alcohol content (26 per cent), unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy, Vintage Instant Hand Sanitiser 50ml – (Not stated) – all Very low alcohol content (10 per cent), unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy, Plus Hand Sanitiser 750ml (Plus Santiago Enterprise Limited, Lusaka) – all very low alcohol content (14 per cent), unsatisfactory bacterial efficacy, Sterilix Hand Sanitiser (International Drug

Company Limited, Lusaka) C-133-20 & C-24-20 – wrong active ingredient (Clear Spirit).

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