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Counterfeit Neurobion drug distributed in Costa Rica

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Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Health was alerted about the detection of a fake version of the drug Neurobion brand tablets distributed in Costa Rica.

Neurobion is a pain relief drug in combination with B vitamins that are essential for the proper functioning of the nerves. These products are marketed by the Procter & Gamble Company.

According to the ministry, the fake product was detected after receiving a complaint about the sale of some units in a small market located in Coronado Canton, San José Province. 

When inspected by authorities, they found the fake treatment mentioned in the complaint plus other counterfeit drugs as well. Among counterfeits were Dolo-Neurobion, Dolo-Neurobion XR y Neurobión in tablets, in damaged packaging and the expiration date erased.  

The name of the market was not disclosed by the authorities.

According to the General Health Law, the import, manufacture, trade, and distribution of damaged, adulterated or falsified medicines are forbidden. The people or companies that sell these products could be closed and the owners face criminal penalties.

The Procter & Gamble Company firm confirmed that the product found by the agents is counterfeit.

Among the main differences between the counterfeit and the original is the fake label. It doesn't contain information such as a lot number or expiration date. Also, the counterfeit products do not have a security seal or original label. 

Fake containers tend to be easily detected because there are cuts and black lines on the edges, authorities added.

The counterfeit drug was analyzed in the ministry's laboratories, where it was determined that it contained several ingredients where there is no certainty about the origin or the conditions of preparation, storage, transport and handling.

"A counterfeit drug can put people's lives at risk. Under no circumstances should people use the counterfeit product Neurobion," the ministry said in its statement.

The agents of the ministry continue with the investigations of the medicines found in that store.

Authorities warn that these products should only be purchased in pharmacies or supermarkets legally registered in Costa Rica.

However, people who have suspicions of the sale of these products can make a complaint by calling the ministry at (506) 2223-0333.

A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this alert with their contacts.

Recently, authorities issued an alert on Listeria Monocytogenes bacteria that was found in two cheese brands distributed in Costa Rica.

Where have you seen these fake Neurobion products on the market? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com