The National Drug Authority expressed concern about the manufacture, distribution, and sale of Stronger Weekend Pineapple Still Table Wine and the Opaque- Beer. This concern is aimed at warning the general public of Kasese over the usage of the above products manufactured by Thembomar Investments located in Mpondwe, Kasese that are adulterated with Sildenalfil citrate.
“I inform the general public to stop using the ‘Strong weekend products’ for they contain a high concentration of Sildenalfil citrate which is used for erectile dysfunction but misused by most companies and yet it must be used under strict prescription by a qualified medical personnel”, Tamale expressed.
William James Tamale, the regional head of the National Drug Authority continued explaining to the public the side effects of Sildenalfil citrate if wrongly used. He said that it leads to extreme abdominal complications, respiratory and heart problems, renal failure, sometimes coma, or even death at the worst point.
This discovery was done when the National Drug Authority undertook the laboratory analysis of ‘ The Stronger Weekend Pineapple Still Table Wine’ samples picked from the market and results confirmed that the product is adulterated with Sildenalfil citrate.
‘The Uganda police worked for hand in hand with my team from the NDA, raided and undertook a search of the factory in Mpondwe and collected products together with other samples including two batches of the Strong Weekend-Opaque Beer’, which from our quality laboratory tests, have also tested positive for Sildenafil citrate adulterateration’.He added.
Furthermore, a strong warning was directed to the public most especially the business stakeholders who have been dealing in the sale or stocking of the above product with immediate effect and also encouraged the people to be vigilant and the sister regulatory body, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards.
‘We hereby direct bars, guesthouses, shops supermarkets, and the general merchandise shops to stop sale or stock of this product with immediate effect. We have also advised Uganda National Bureau of Standards to take regulatory action and ensure that the manufacturer and their distributions are expelled to recall all the supplied batches of these products with immediate effect for destruction’.
Finally, the public is called upon to be vigilant and report all the suspicious products on the market that could be adulterated to NDA on the toll-free line 0800101999 as they work together to protect public health.