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General News of Saturday, 27 July 2013


4 companies to be prosecuted over fake medicines - FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has told Citi News that four companies and individuals suspected to have imported fake medicines into the country are being prosecuted.

The FDA also indicated that others have been slapped with hefty fines for their involvement in the importation of the fake medicines.

Head of Department for Medical Devices at the FDA Joseph Bennie in an interview with Citi News stated that his outfit would ensure that such practices are unattractive.

“Some of them are being prosecuted, but there are others that we find it convenient by our law to put administrative charges on,” he said.

Meanwhile, the FDA has assured Ghanaians that the fake anti-malarial drug, Sulfardoxide Pyrimethamine has not entered the Ghanaian market yet.

The drug which is used to prevent malaria during pregnancy was said to be in West Africa.

“We want to assure Ghanaians that the product is not available in the country because our surveillance has not revealed its presence in Ghana,” he stated.

Consumers, are, however cautioned to inform the FDA if the product is found anywhere on the Ghanaian market.

The fake Sulfadoxine 500mg/Pyrimethamine25mg tablet has the following details;

Batch Number: 1833

Manufacturing Date: 02. 2011

Expiry Date: 02.201

Presentation: 1000 tablet container

The FDA has appealed to the general public to give any information on persons suspected to be engaged in any practice which has the possibility of endangering public health and safety.