The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)? has alerted the general public particularly importers, wholesalers, retailers, hospitals, clinics, maternity homes and other health facilities against patronizing medicines manufactured by and imported from YIKANG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY LIMITED and NANTONG JINGHUA PHARM.CO LIMITED, ?both of China since some of their medicines have been found to be substandard.

The importer of the substandard medicines, a Ghanaian company by name Lymens Medical Suppllier located at Kokomlemle in Accra, according to FDA managed to bring the substandard medicines into the country without registering them with the Authority, as required by law.

The FDA, in collaboration with the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), sampled uterotonics from various hospitals, clinics, pharmacies maternity homes and other health facilities throughout the country for testing to assess their efficacy.

Uterotonics (oxytocin and ergometrine injections) are medicines used to induce labour or control bleeding from the uterus after child delivery.

In addition, benzyl penicillin ?injection (an antibiotic) which was manufactured and imported from Yikang Pharmaceutical Company was also found to be substandard, implying that anyone given this antibiotic for treatment of infection will develop complications.

According to FDA, Fake and substandard oxytocin when given to women after child delivery will fail to control bleeding from the uterus and can result in death. ?This will eventually lead to increased maternal mortality rate and therefore make it difficult for us as a nation to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (No. 5) which is about reducing maternal mortality and improving maternal health.?

Meanwhile, the Food and Drugs Authority said, it will not allow any medicine manufactured by these two companies to be imported to Ghana until Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) inspections are conducted on the companies by the FDA and their facilities are found to be of good standard for the manufacturing of safe and quality medicines.

?Lymens Medical Supplies, the importer of the substandard medicines is assisting the FDA in further investigations. Facilities and individuals having stocks of Oxytocin, Benzyl penicillin and any other medicine?? manufactured by YIKANG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY LIMITED and NANTONG JINGHUA PHARM.CO LIMITED are hereby directed to handover their stocks to the nearest office of the FDA for safe disposal.?

In the light of this, FDA is welcoming information from the general public on persons in any practice of endangering public health and safety with respect to FDA?s mandate.

Persons with such information are to reach FDA through the following contact numbers; 0244337235, 0246809509 or 0544863418.

 

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