Health News of 2014-05-16

Sunyani Office of FDA destroys unwholesome products

The Sunyani Office of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has destroyed unwholesome products estimated at about Ghc24,378.

They were drugs and herbal medicinal, food, cosmetics, and medical equipment.

The products were seized from the Sunyani and Dormaa Municipalities, Sunyani West, Pru, Berekum, Asunafo North, Nkoranza South, Techiman and Asutifi North and South districts.

The exercise was part of FDA's mandate to undertake the destruction of unwholesome regulated products to prevent their re-entry onto the market.

Mr. Matthew Gyang Nkum, Brong-Ahafo Regional Officer of the FDA, said the products were seized from peddlers, licensed chemical and pharmaceutical shops, herbal medicine clinics and shops, supermarkets, kiosks and provision shops, during routine Post Market Surveillance (PMS).

He explained that products identified as unwholesome and regulated, included expired, unregistered, substandard, fake, improperly stored and non- conforming food products, drugs, medicines, cosmetics, medical equipment and household chemical substances.

Mr. Nkum appealed to wholesale and retail pharmacies, licensed chemical stores, hospitals, clinics, health facilities and the general public, to un-stock and hand over fake Zentel and Vermox to the FDA.

“The fake Vermox has JANSSEN- CILAG as the name of the manufacturer, BLL I VOI batch number, 01/2011 manufacturing date and 12/2016 as the expiry date.'

“Another fake Vermox has DBL4GOI as batch number, 02/2013 manufacturing date and 01/2016 as expiry date.

“The fake Zentel came with 390160 as batch number, 03/11 manufacturing date and 03/16 as expiry date.”

Mr. Nkum advised the general public to take the safety of their health into their own hands, and make conscious efforts to inspect products before purchasing them.

Source: GNA
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