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General News of Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Source: citifmonline.com

Tobinco/FDA saga: Indicted official denies wrongdoing

A Senior Regulatory Officer at the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Samuel Amoako Boateng, indicted in the FDA/Tobinco saga has denied any wrong-doing in the matter.

Mr. Boateng is accused of aiding Tobinco Pharmaceuticals to import substandard and unregistered drugs into the country.

Board of Directors of FDA yesterday met to determine the fate of Mr. Boateng.

But speaking to Citi News, Mr. Boateng insisted he did no wrong saying; “I don't know what they are talking about.”

He indicated that there was no case of conflict of interest reading his dealings with Tobinco Pharmaceuticals.

“If I help somebody to set up a facility, and I go there to inspect, then of course you can talk of conflict of interest. In my spare time, I was doing all this work, and I have no contract with them,” he said.

Mr. Boateng also revealed that he in no way charged Tobinco Pharmaceuticals “anything” but he does not refuse any form of appreciation from his clients.

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