Foods and Drugs Authority

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has threatened that it would soon cause the arrest of

Radio Presenters who advertise unauthorized drugs on their airwaves.

Mr. James Lartey, Head of Communications, FDA observed that such

advertisement done especially during ?Live Presenter Mention? (LPM) was on

the increase in various airwaves across the county despite several calls to

stop the practice.

Describing the situation as a source of worry to the Authority, he

called on radio presenters to ensure that drugs brought for advertisement had

the approval from the FDA before they were aired, warning that such offences

attracted a minimum of 10 years and maximum of 25 years imprisonment.

Mr. Lartey gave the warning at a Public and Media Interaction

organized by the Authority in Cape Coast on Tuesday to sensitize

stakeholders, a cross section of the public and members of the media in the

Central Region on fake and unapproved drugs and related issues.

The threat to cause the arrest of radio presenters did not go down

well with some members of the media who took turns, during the open forum

session, to defend their colleagues, explaining that it was rather the

stations that had to be sued.

This, they said, was because advertisements were screened and

approved by the administration before they were given to the presenters to

read on air as LPM.

The argument dragged on for about 15 minutes until Mr. Lartey

indicated that the FDA would on August 31st meet the Ghana Independent

Broadcasters Association, Ghana Journalists Association, Adverting

Association of Ghana, the Police and other stakeholders to deliberate on the


He called on the general public to assist the FDA to clamp down on

the sale of unapproved drugs.

Mr. Kingsley Nsiah-Poku, the Central Regional Director of the

Authority said the FDA was by Law mandated to ensure the safety, efficacy and

quality of all food and drugs.

He refuted claims that the Authority had relaxed on its mandate on

preventing the sale of unapproved drugs and food, stating that there were

about 50 unapproved routes into the country coupled with issues of free port

among others.

He urged the public to be extra vigilant since some chemical shops

were still selling some of the six aphrodisiacs the Authority revoked

marketing authorization for their sale permits last month.

These drugs, Mr Nsiah-Poku said, included Rock man Capsules, Angel,

natural Capsules, Tinattet ?Be4 Be4?, Adom Gentleman Power Capsules, Laud P

Capsules Mars for Men, warning that owners of shops where such drugs were

found would be dealt with.

Mr Peter Akwasi Agyeman- Duah, the acting Deputy Chief Director

in-charge of Monitoring and Evaluation of FDA, indicated that the forum was

organized as a result of the upsurge of fake products on the Ghanaian market.

He described the situation as a ?Big Battle? for the Authority,

which required back up from the general public in order to win or at least

manage the menace.

He said the Authority was enforcing a number of mechanisms such as

insisting on registration of products, post market surveillance,

advertisement control, to check the situation, adding that, the Authority

would not rest on its oars.

Some participants expressed concern about the sale of unapproved

drugs at the various information dissemination centers, but the FDA said it

had plans to address the situation permanently.

Source :GNA/


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