The National Drug Authority (NDA) has ordered two manufacturers of hand sanitizers to immediately withdraw their products from the market following their failure to pass laboratory tests.
In a notice dated June 8, NDA said three categories of hand sanitizers which include; Microbe Foe 500ml with batch number 200402, from Laboratory Needs Solutions Ltd-Kampala, Instant Safe-Gel 500ml batch number NHJ004 and Instant Safe-Gel 1000ml with batch number NHJ004 from Natpharm Enterprise-Kampala did not pass the laboratory test.
“These hand sanitizers failed the PH and laboratory tests and are therefore not fit for use by the population,” Mr David Nahamya, the Secretary to the Authority of NDA said.
Nahamya adds that the tests were conducted between May 18, and June 8, and aimed at ensuring the availability of quality and safe sanitizers on the market and protecting the public from substandard and harmful products.
“NDA has instructed manufactures to withdraw the products from the market with immediate effect until corrective action has been instituted and approved by NDA,” he noted.
Meanwhile 14 out of the seven categories of hand sanitizers that were tested qualified include; Trust hand, Avion Gel 500ml, Avipn Gel 60ml, Sun Hand Sanitizer Gel, Pharma Gel, Covicide Gel, Boss lemon flavor, Instaklin 500ml, Instaklin 1litre, Instaklin 5litre and Instaklin 20litre.
Others are; Coceza 500ml, Pharma Sun Liquid 200ml and IUIU Hand Sanitizer.
“NDA will periodically update the public on more hand sanitizer brands tested as results become available,” said Mr Nahamya.