In a raid at Alabar in Kumasi, officials of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) seized conventional and herbal medicines worth GH700,000 that had not been registered.
The seized goods’ owner, a 35-year-old female trader, was also detained and is being held in police custody at this time.
In order to crack down on illegal medications, including body enhancement goods at retail markets in the Ashanti Region, the Authority has stepped up its market surveillance program and declared that it is on high alert.
After swooping the Alabar market, which has turned into a regular venue for the selling of unregistered and unwholesome medications, Authority officials and members of the Ghana Police Service seized the items from a single retail store.
Ashanti Regional Head of the Food and Drugs Authority, John Laryea Oddai Tettey expressed concern about the influx of unregistered and wholesome medicinal products in the markets.
“This one was seized from a single shop at Alabar, and we have a number of them out there as was seen in our exercise last week, and we are currently collaborating with the police to ensure that products that are not registered will be gotten rid of.”
Mr. Tettey also admonished the general public to be careful of drugs they buy on the open market.
“The advice to consumers is to get a proper diagnosis and visit the hospital and get a prescription and buy from licensed shops, and you are not to buy medicines like toffees. You don’t buy medicine that is being hawked because, in case of anything, it is difficult to trace and apprehend the culprits.”
The Authority as part of the exercise recently collaborated with the police and arrested three persons for similar offences who are being processed for court.