FDA advises Ghanaians to be cautious of fake and inferior medicines. To safeguard their health and wellness and avoid negative reactions, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has advised the general people to be aware of counterfeit and subpar medicines on the market.
The public needs to watch out for specific things to ensure that any medication they want to buy is safe for use, according to a regulatory organization that has recognized an increase in substandard and fraudulent medications on the market.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a sensitization session held at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, Mr. Jude Okai, a communication officer for the FDA, issued the warning.
It is a component of the FDA’s “promoting quality medicines plus” effort, which aims to educate the public about counterfeit and subpar medications available on the market as well as the risks associated with using them.
The FDA developed “The Med Safety App” as a new tool to assist the public in reporting adverse drug reactions to the FDA or to healthcare professionals for early action. The sensitization program also served to introduce the public to the “The Med Safety App.”
Before making a purchase, users of the app can read more information about the medications that their doctors have recommended.
Mr. Okai noted that many Ghanaians frequently ignored information about medications, such as expiration dates, certifications, and standards. As a result, many people bought bogus and subpar medications and had negative health impacts.
He advised the public to report any adverse drug responses to the FDA and healthcare professionals for assistance, warning that ingesting tainted and subpar drugs was dangerous and may result in death.
FDA advises Ghanaians to be cautious of fake
Mr. Okai issued a warning to distributors of fake and subpar medications, adding that the FDA will step up its surveillance to crack down on such behavior and bring offenders to justice.
The FDA’s information officer for communications, Ms. Linda Eyram Mensah, warned the public to only purchase drugs from licensed drug dealers and drugs that have been FDA-approved because taking fake medications could have serious negative effects on a patient’s health and wellbeing.
The FDA’s principal regulatory officer for the Upper East Region, Mr. Abel Ndego, revealed that the agency had been conducting intense market monitoring in all 15 Municipalities and Districts in the area to make sure that counterfeit and subpar medications were no longer available.
He claimed that the FDA, with assistance from the security agencies, had assisted in the arrest and prosecution of some offenders, and he urged the public to provide information so that the organization could combat the sale of false and subpar medications.
The FDA’s major responsibility, according to him, is to protect the people’s safety and health. However, because of the region’s porous borders, criminals occasionally sneak pharmaceuticals that haven’t been approved into the country, so the general public needs to be cautious.
For the time being, he explained, “we have police stationed at the legitimate entry ports of the borders to inspect every consignment coming into the country to make sure that any food and drug-related products that are entering the country through our region fulfill the regulatory standards.