Combating Substandard and Falsified Products : Public Alert Reporting

Islamabad, 4th April, 2024 —  The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is aiming for effective communication and public awareness on combating Substandard and Falsified (SF) products to protect public health; hence the frequency of public alerts is likely to increase, and media communication of key messages represents an important mediator of the behaviour of individuals in response to public health countermeasures. Since culpability is commonly used as a tool to influence public behaviour, it is important to keep the public informed while avoiding panic due to misinformation/disinformation,

In a recent event, DRAP issued an alert No I/S/03-24-15 regarding the presence of falsified Risek 40mg injections in the market. This alert was intended to caution healthcare providers and the public about the presence of counterfeit products in the market and to procure the product from authorized sources only. Unfortunately, some misinterpretations of the alert have led to widespread misinformation.

DRAP is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the public and calls for responsible reporting. We are working diligently to remove the falsified products from the market and to hold those responsible, accountable.