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General News Sat, 30 Nov 2013

NDC man damns Parliament over Tobinco, FDA rift

A Deputy Propaganda Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has slammed Parliament for intervening in the recent stand-off between pharmaceutical giants Tobinco and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

Solomon Nkansah insists the action by the legislative body is only to undermine the FDA.

The regulating body has, in recent weeks, been in battle with the pharmaceutical company, accusing it of importing fake drugs into the country. It has proceeded to forcibly lock warehouses owned by Tobinco Pharmacy.

Even though the company has admitted that the drug is yet to be clinically tested and registered in Ghana, it vehemently objected to the suggestion that the drug is fake.

Tobinco is convinced the action by the FDA is targeted at tarnishing its brand reputation and has taken several remedial steps to stop it.

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They have taken the matter to court ostensibly to stop the regulatory body from taking any further ‘illegal’ action against them.

They have also petitioned the presidency to intervene in the matter.

Parliament’s Committee on Health has however intervened in the matter and has called on the two institutions to cease-fire whilst it attempts to resolve the impasse.

That move has been condemned by the NDC Deputy Propaganda Secretary.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii-sen programme, Friday, Solomon Nkansah said Parliament has no mandate to intervene in the matter and also accused the legislative body of undermining the FDA.

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His comments have angered the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi North Elizabeth Sackey.

She said the comments were offensive to Parliament and threatened the Legislative Body will no longer accept such irresponsible comments.

The MP who described herself as a friend to the committee threatened to have the NDC man hauled before the Parliament to substantiate claims that money had exchanged hands.

She said Parliament as an oversight body can even summon the president to the house to explain issues let alone heads of two feuding institutions.

Source: Myjoyonline.com