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General News of Thursday, 22 December 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Four Nigeriens arrested for possessing counterfeit drugs

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has intercepted some counterfeit drugs that were being transported from Niger to Kpando in the Volta Region.

The four Nigeriens, who were nabbed on Monday, were carrying the generic forms of Viagra, which contents lacked active ingredients and thus cannot perform the function for which it was manufactured.

The fake drugs were meant to be sold to the unsuspecting public as sex enhancing drugs, which could compromise the treatment of sexual related problems.

The Volta Region Director of the FDA, Mr Eugene Addo, indicated that the products, upon inspection, had no registration and as such its efficacy and safety was in question.

He also indicated that the authority had challenges interrogating the four as language barrier had been the main hurdle in getting them to cooperate.

The FDA boss has thus called for ultimate vigilance from the public during this Yuletide and beyond while entreating them to assist the authority and other law enforcement agencies in apprehending these unscrupulous individuals and groups who may be out to deceive the unsuspecting public through this dubious means.

With the Yuletide just around the corner, several types of merchandise are made available on the Ghanaian market.

Consumers also tend to spend the most during these periods and thus patronise several products on the market.

Unscrupulous traders, therefore, take advantage of the situation by flooding the market with counterfeit products and other products which are beyond expiration dates.

The FDA recently downplayed reports of the influx of some fake rice purported to be ‘plastic rice’ on the Ghanaian market.