Ghanaians should not worry, but Be Rest Assured – FDA

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The Head of Communications and Public Education for the Food and Drugs Authority Mr. James Lartey has assured Ghanaians not to worry but be rest assured because the FDA is there to ensure protection of all with regards to the consumption of food and medicine.

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has named Coartem, Procold, Zentel and Amodiaquine Suspension as some of the unregistered drugs shipped into the country through a report from the Auditor General’s department. This forms part of a list of 72 drugs the FDA said were imported into the country between 2012 and 2013, without authorization.

Reacting to this the Head of Communications disclosed the information was published between 2012 and 2013 and these were products which had arrived at the port for market consumption afterwards. He said the FDA is always present at the port to prevent such drugs from entering the market.

He explicated the FDA is putting a lot of systems in place to check some of these things and if the institution has been able to allocate these unregistered products Ghanaians should not worry but should be assured of safety.

Speaking to Agoo fm’s Eugene Akwasi Akoto Bamfo on the ‘ene nso biem’ morning show Mr. James Lartey stated that, there are measures and sanctions against the import and advertisement of such products.

When a product receives approval by the FDA it has a registration period which lasts for 3years so after 3years the registration period rather expires and not the product itself and that needs to be renewed, he explained.

Source: Agoo FM News/Ghana

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