3-Member Committee To Investigate FDA, Tobinco Impasse
The Health Minister, Sherry Ayittey has set up a three-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and pharmaceutical company, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited.
The two have been in the news recently following the discovery of unregistered drugs imported into the country by Tobinco and distributed to health facilities and pharmacy shops.
The FDA has since embarked on an exercise to recover and destroy the said drugs to safeguard the health of Ghanaians.
Some civil society groups and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana have called for rigorous investigations into the regulatory systems of the FDA and are also demanding strict punishment for persons and organizations who are found culpable of importing fake medicines.
Speaking to Citi News, the Head of Public Relations at the Health Ministry, Tony Goodman said the committee which has one month to present its report will also look at the entry and clearance of pharmaceutical products at the various points of entry.
‘They will be looking into how some of those drugs come into the country. They are not going to look only into Tobinco issue but how other drugs come in, whether Tobinco itself satisfy some of the conditions that are provided.’
Mr. Goodman added that the Health Ministry is ‘only calling for them to stop this [back and forth accusations]…we need to get to the bottom of this issue. We need to find out what there is to address between these two institutions.
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