Authorities yet to find source of fake Molnupiravir medicine with Vietnamese address

May, 10/2022 - 16:57
Vietnamese authorities on Tuesday announced that fake Molnupiravir discovered by Swiss Customs could not be traced back to the address in Việt Nam that was printed on the label.
The fake Molnupiravir medicine discovered in Switzerland. — Photo courtesy of the Drug Administration of Việt Nam

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese authorities on Tuesday announced that fake Molnupiravir discovered by Swiss Customs could not be traced back to the address in Việt Nam that was printed on the label.

Swiss Customs discovered the fake Molnupiravir medicine had labels with this part on the label "Manufactured by Công ty TNHH, Chi nhanh 1 so 40 dai, P. An Phu, Tx. Thuan An, Tinh Binh Duong, Vietnam", with mixed Vietnamese and English phrases.

Huỳnh Minh Chính, deputy director of the Bình Dương Department of Health, said that after receiving the information, the department launched an investigation, which showed there is no such address in the province.

The counterfeit Molnupiravir 400mg medicine was found in Switzerland in the form of hard capsules, with 20 tablets per bottle.

The case was transferred to the police for further investigation.

On May 5, the Drug Administration of Việt Nam, under the Ministry of Health, received a notice from the World Health Organisation about the fake Molnupiravir discovered in Switzerland.

Its labels, printed in Vietnamese, said the drug was produced by a company in Bình Dương Province.

Laboratory testing in Switzerland said that the drug did not contain the active ingredients it claimed. The medicine is an antiviral COVID-19 treatment drug. — VNS

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