Grand-pa: Recall after counterfeits surface

2012-07-26 00:00

PHARMACEUTICAL company GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all Grand-Pa headache powders after it was found that counterfeit products may be circulating in South Africa.

“GSK is advising consumers and retailers to check all Grand-Pa powders 38-count in their possession for … batch numbers 309339 and 314020,” said GSK spokesperson Dave Thomas.

“The affected product should not be used, as counterfeit medicines were not subjected to the rigorous safety and quality checks by GSK, as is the case with genuine Grand-Pa powders.”

The products were discovered in early July when police raided a counterfeit facility in the Free State, Thomas said. It was found that the counterfeit products had two legitimate batch numbers.

“To be safe, we’re asking consumers to immediately stop using the affected batch numbers of Grand-Pa product,” he said.

He said analysis is under way in GSK laboratories in the UK to determine the contents of the counterfeit products, and the results were expected “later this week or early next week”.

“GSK Consumer Healthcare continues to work diligently to ensure quality, genuine products for the South African market,” he said.

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