Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ghana: Food and Drug Board Detects Fake Anti-Malaria Drugs

The Foods and Drugs Board (FDB) this month warned the public of fake cortem tablets, anti-malaria drugs, in the market in Kumasi, Ghana.

The Board has confiscated 150 packs of the product from nine wholesale and retail pharmacies involved in the distribution and sale of the fake products.

Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Zonal Officer of the FDB, Joseph Bennie, said the board has adopted a name-and-shame strategy to fight drug counterfeiting. The following wholesale and retail pharmacies, and licensed chemical sellers were mentioned as distributing the counterfeit Coartem with batch numbers X0089 and M1200:

Wholesale and retail pharmacies included Salom Pharmacy Limited (Kejetia), Habmay Pharmacy Limited (Asafo), Pharmax Ghana Limited, (Bantama), New Tafo), Edikay Pharmacy, (Buokrom Estates), Tracmar Pharmacy (Anwomaso), Fredimens (KO-Ashtown).

The Licensed Chemical Sellers included Martin Owusu Licensed Chemical Seller (Tanoso), Augustine Evans Adu Chemical Shop (Old Tafo).

FDB announced they will soon be handing over to the police the 9 institutions caught trading in counterfeit drugs.

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