Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun health officials are warning the public about the use of a falsified injectable drug called Tradol.
The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) says the drug is available for purchase and is circulating in the national market, however, it is a falsified product.
Javier Francisco Toledo Alvarado, coordinator of the Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks for the North Zone, confirmed that there is a national alert already in place about the drug.
State health officials became aware of the fake drug after an investigation based on a complaint by Grünenthal de México SA de CV.
The company and health officials say that the falsified drug being sold does not have the proper company logo on the packaging, has a blue dot on the neck of the glass vial and is without instructions for use.
Tradol (Tramadol), which is sold under the brand name Ultram among others, is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. The falsified version found being sold in Cancun is a liquid injection.
The Federal Commission is warning the public not to use the counterfeit product since it can generate a health risk due to the unknown content of ingredients as well as the sanitary conditions in which it was manufactured.