The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) with support from Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) of the Ghana Revenue Authourity (VRA) and the Volta Regional task force, have impounded 8320 packets of assorted medicines and tobacco products at the Ho, Dabla, Shia, Nyive and Aflao Boarders.
The product, some of which are suspected to be fake, were concealed in cartons and sacks labelled as food products and this was unraveled after thorough inspections and examinations at the borders.
Some of the products found were antibiotics (like, flucloxacillin, penicillin), analgesic and steroid (tramadol, pawafenac, dexamethasone), postinor 2 and test kits (malaria test kits, pregnancy test kits).The identified culprits, have been handed over to the police for further investigations.
TheChief Executive Officer of FDA, Delese Mimi Darko, has in the last one year, increased the number of staff at the various boarders and directed that, surveillance activities at the various entry points be intensified to halt the possible smuggling of fake products through unapproved entry points.
By regulation, the only approved point of entries for the importation of medicines are; the Tema Habour and Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
Meanwhile, two drivers have been arrested, assisting the police to get the real owners of some of the seized goods.
The Case is being handled by the Ho regional police command. This exercise has been ongoing since April 28, to date
The FDA, wishes to state emphatically that, medicines smuggled through unapproved routes, will be confiscated and safely disposed at the expense of the owners and additionally, the culprit will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
The general public is encouraged to only purchase medicines from approved health facilities (pharmacies and over the counter medicine shops, hospitals) and also report any adverse effect to any of the following contacts for further investigations.
Hotlines: 0299802932, 0299802933.
Short Code: 4015 (On all networks except GLO)
Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana