Health News of 2013-12-08

Importers of fake drugs must be severely punished - Prof Akosah

A former Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Professor Agyemang Badu Akosah is advocating stiffer punishment for importers of fake drugs.
“People who do damage to their fellow people - the full wrath of the law must be made to work on them. And I think that is what anybody would expect,” he said.
His call comes on the back of the confiscating of 64 containers of the fake anti-malaria drug, Quinine Sulphate Tablets by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
The drugs were imported by Kem Pharmaceuticals Limited.
In an interview with Citi News, Professor Akosah questioned why the perpetrators of such acts are not arrested and prosecuted.
He, therefore, suggested that stiffer punishment should be implemented to deter other people from importing fake or substandard drugs into the country.
“What happens to those who import these things, now they have confiscated several containers? Who imported those drugs and what is going to happen? Is it going to become a political slanging match again?” he asked.
He admonished politicians not to interfere on issues of this nature because of the health implications it will have on the Ghanaian.