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Were there really nails in capsules of Enterofuryl?

17.02.2021

Were there really nails in capsules of Enterofuryl?

A video has been spreading across messenger services and social networks depicting an unknown man opening a package of Enterofuryl, and upon removing an opening a capsule, metal nails suddenly fall out instead of powder. The video of the author then proceeds to warn the audience about a supposed conspiracy, among other things, accusing the drug of being fake.

To begin with, Factcheck.kg has confirmed that the drug is real. Enterofuryl (in Cyrillic characters, Энтерофурил) is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial drug that has a bactericidal and bacteriostatic effects, targeting most causative agents of acute intestinal infections. Search queries into customer complaints regarding the presence of metal nails or any other non-medicinal items in this drug have not turned up any results.

The drug is produced by JSC Bosnalijek, a real company founded in 1951 in Sarajevo, capital of modern-day Bosnia-Herzegovina. It operates in 14 countries of Central and Southeastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Southwest Asia. Its production policy is based on an integrated management system subject to international quality management standards, including those of the European Union and the United States of America. It therefore seems implausible that JSC Bosnalijek would risk its reputation by harming consumers.

As for the video, careful frame-by-frame viewing reveals no obvious traces of video editing. A possible explanation is that the author teased open the aluminum foil of the packaging, replaced one of the capsules with a fake one, then then glued the foil back together – all before filming. In fact, instructions for how to do this can be found on the Internet (although not as neatly done as what is seen in this video about Enterofuryl).

A less complicated possible explanation is that the video author falsified the packaging itself. Note that they only show one side of the tablet plate. In principle, if they had wanted to prove the authenticity of the packaging, they could have easily shown both sides. 

How did the video author manage to replace the capsule itself? This was probably more simple than it appears, as probably nothing prevented them from opening the transparent front side and inserting their own falsified capsule. 

Moreover, a similar package of Enterofuryl was found to contain 16 capsules, with two plates and eight capsules per plate. The video clearly shows only one plate in the box. It may be speculated that the video author used the other tablet plate before the drug expired, as the packaging clearly has a shabby, used appearance, suggesting repeated openings.

In conclusion, the video is false. The video author falsified the contents of the box, seemingly in order to make a viral video.