Recall Alert: Drug Product; Ponstan Forte 500mg Tablets (Batch # 2050533) by M/s Pfizer Pakistan Ltd, Karachi.

Recall Alert

DRAP Alert NoNoI/S/10-22-35
Action Date30th November 2022
Target Audience1. Pharmacists and Chemists at Distributions, Pharmacies and Medical Stores
2. Healthcare Professionals- Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurses at Hospitals, Clinics and Healthcare Providing Institutions
3. General Public
Product(s) Affected Ponstan Forte 500mg Tablets,
Active Ingredient(s): Mefenamic Acid
Company: M/s. Pfizer Pakistan Ltd, Karachi
Batch No. 2050533
Manufacturing Date: 09-2020
Expiry Date: 08-2025
Problem / Issue The Drug Testing Laboratory, Baluchistan has analyzed the sample of batch No. 2050533 of Ponstan Forte 500mg Tablets manufactured by M/s. Pfizer Pakistan Ltd Karachi, Pakistan and declared it as “Substandard” based on the analysis.
Action Initiated-The company is directed to immediately recall the defected batch of product from the market.

-All Pharmacists and chemists working at distributions and Pharmacies are required to immediately return the stock of above-mentioned batch of product to the supplier / importer / company.

-Distributors and pharmacies are advised to be vigilant and report any suspected batch of product(s) in the supply chain to the DRAP using online form, or through phone at +92 51 910 73 17, or Email at gsms@dra.gov.pk.

-Regulatory field force of all federating units (DRAP, Provincial Health Departments and States) has also increased the surveillance in the market to ensure the effective recall of defective product(s).
Advice for Healthcare Professionals-DRAP requests increase vigilance within the supply chains of healthcare institutions and hospital pharmacies to identify and return the defective batch(es) of this product to the importer / company.

-Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the National Pharmacovigilance Centre(NPC), DRAP using Adverse Event Reporting Form or online through this link.

-Please click here for further information on problem reporting to DRAP.
Advice for Consumers-Consumers should stop using this product bearing the affected batch number(s) and shall contact to their physician or healthcare provider(s) if they have had experienced any problem that may be related to taking or using this product.

-All drug products must be obtained from the authorized licensed pharmacies /outlets. Their authenticity and condition should be carefully checked. If you have any doubt, please seek advice from your pharmacist.