The Food and and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned Ghanaians to desist from the habit of patronizing herbal medicines which are sold in commercials vehicles without the approval of the Authority.
The authority has however urged Ghanaians to always purchase drugs from approved sources to avoid buying fake and expired drugs..
The Public Relations Officer of the FDA Mr. James Lartey told Nana Yaa Boamponsem Ameyaw of Home Base TV in an interview on their flagship programme, dubbed Eboboba, that the citizenry must adhere to the advice to help scare away unapproved herbal medicines in the system.
Reacting to a call from the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to sit up and enforce the laws on medicine adverts, Mr. Lartey said the media is partly to be blamed on the usage of unapproved herbal medicines since they fail to cross check from the authority before allowing such drugs on air.
According to him, the FDA can approve a medicine for usage in the system but does not mean one can advertise it in the media circles adding that it has been enshrined in the Pharmacy Act of Ghana.
Mr. James Lartey said medicines are sold only in pharmacy shops, chemical shops, hospitals, maternity homes and clinics and that buying from outside these sources could be dangerous.
”The general public may be buying a wrong medicine when they do not buy from the right sources” he stated.
Allaying the fears that Ghana is sitting on time bomb over the influx of alleged fake drugs on the market, the PRO of the FDA said there is no country in the world where you cannot find any fake drug there, but the system has measures in place to minimize impact such fake products
He added that education on fake drugs is the most impotent thing that we all need to do to protect the public health.
He assured that the system of the FDA in checking fake and expired drugs in the country is working effectively and efficiently.
Mr. Lartey said that there had been some instances where some people have imported goods into the country and they had instructed them to send them back.
Source; RSM Kofi Doe Lawson/hbtvghana.com