The Food and Drugs Authority FDA) has cautioned the general public to be cautious of fake Zentel de-wormer and Coartem drugs on the market.
The FDA says it has discovered that some unscrupulous people are importing fake drugs including Coartem and Zentel, into the country.
James Lartey, Public Relations Officer of the FDA told Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Monday, 25 June that the FDA is embarking on a nationwide surveillance to remove all these fake drugs from the market.
“Our post-market surveillance team is going round the country to flush out these drugs from the market. Already we have impounded some of the fake drugs in the Eastern Region,” he said.
He further stated that “normally, the fake drugs have a 3-year lifespan but the original ones have a 2-year lifespan, and, so, the public should kindly take note of this.”
Mr Lartey further indicted that agents of the pharmaceutical companies are those behind the importation of these fake drugs into the country, and the FDA is working with the security agencies to apprehend these agents for prosecution.