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Health News of Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Source: Kasapa FM

We have not approved any medicine that cures AIDS – FDA

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it has not authorised any medicine for the cure of HIV/AIDS as being speculated in the media.

A statement from the Authority issued in Accra on Tuesday by its Chief Executive, Hudu Mogtari, says the FDA is the only agency responsible for the approval and granting of market authorization for the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of medicines in Ghana.

“Any person who claims to have medicine for the cure of HIV/AIDS would need prior approval from the FDA before marketing such product. It is worth noting that before any approval is given; the medicine is taken through vigorous scientific scrutiny of its content, packaging information and documentation to ensure that the medicine is efficacious, quality and safe for consumption,” the statement in part read.

It added, “The FDA wishes to state categorically that it has not approved any medicine for the cure of HIV/AIDS and therefore the general public is advised not to patronize any medicine for such claim since their safety, quality and efficacy cannot be guaranteed.”

The statement, however, advises that persons on Anti-Retroviral Medications to continue with their medications and not allow themselves to be swayed by false and unsubstantiated claims.

It therefore, encourages the general public to provide information on persons in any activities that are likely to endanger public health and safety with respect to FDA’s mandate through any of the following contact numbers 0244337235, 0299802932 or 0299802933.

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