By Ivan Mwine
The government of Uganda has warned women all over the country about an influx of fake Postinor-2 drugs on the market.
Postinor-2 tablets, which are popularly known as ‘Morning After Pills’, are some of the commonest contraceptives used amongst girls and women in Uganda to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
However, according to officials from the National Drug Authority (NDA), Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO), many of the Postinor drugs being sold on the market are fake, meaning that Ugandans using them are risking their lives.
According to the NDA publicist Dr. Arthur D. Musinguzi, these fake Postinor drugs have since been circulated in pharmacies, clinics and dispensaries across the country, where Ugandans are buying and using them unknowingly.
“The fake Postinor 2 has maize flour in them. And the real one has the actual drug,” Dr. Musinguzi told the press Monday morning.
He added that; “In a bid to safeguard the lives of Ugandans, the Uganda National Drug Authority is launching a program right now to eliminate substandard products such as this Postinor.”
Postinor-2 is an emergency contraceptive only. Postinor-2 is not intended as a regular method of contraception.
It is used to prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.
It is estimated that Postinor-2 will prevent 85% of expected pregnancies.
At least 95% of expected pregnancies will be prevented if taken within the first 24 hours, declining to 58% if taken between 48 hours and 72 hours after unprotected intercourse.
It is not known whether Postinor-2 is effective if taken more than 72 hours after unprotected intercourse.