The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has sounded alarm on two fake medicines, an anti-pregnancy Postinor 2 and a de-wormer Vermox, on distribution and sale on the Ghanaian market.
Both medicines contain no active ingredient.
The FDA, with the assistance of the Accra Regional Police Command, on Tuesday arrested two Nigerians, Nduka Ogbonna Fidelis and Vincent Emmanuel, the peddlers of the fake Vermox and Postinor 2 tablets, both residing at Agege, Mamprobi,
A statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FDA, Dr. Stephen K. Opuni said, “further investigations conducted by the FDA revealed that the fake medicines were smuggled into the country from Nigeria by road”.
Vermox tablets are indicated for worm infestations whereas Postinor 2 is an oral emergency contraceptive.
“The public is to note that the fake Vermox has a batch number 9CL2400, with a manufacturing date of 09/2013 and expiry date of 08/2017”, Dr. Opuni’s statement said.
“The general public, especially pharmacies, licensed chemical shops, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities are hereby cautioned against buying medicines from drug peddlers and other dubious sources”.
“Medicines purchased from these sources are not only fake, but are also transported and stored under improper conditions, which could result in their deterioration well before their stated expiry date, thus putting the health of consumers of such medicines at risk”, the FDA boss warmed.
Additionally, information from the general public on persons in any practice possible of endangering public health and safety with respect to FDA’s mandate is most welcome, through any of the following contact numbers; 0244337235, 0246809509, 0244571563 or 0544863418.