Tobinco re-exports substandard drugs to India

Tuesday 11th March , 2014 10:27 am

tobincoThe Health Ministry has disclosed that local pharmaceutical company, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals has re-exported the substandard drugs which was seized to its manufacturers.

The pharmaceutical company last year was involved in a media war with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) over the importation of substandard and unregistered drugs which was later seized by the FDA.

Speaking to Citi News howeverDeputy Health Minister, Dr Alfred Tia Sugri stated that all outstanding issues with Tobinco Pharmaceuticals have now been resolved.

He explained that “all the bad drugs that were at the warehouse have all been destroyed. The condoms which were substandard have been sent back to India, the Malaria drugs have been sent back to India.”

Dr. Sugri served notice that henceforth, any medicine importer who “brings in any container of drugs into the Tema Harbour without having registered the drugs in Ghana with the FDA will have the drugs sent back.”

According to him, it is the duty of the FDA and the Health Ministry to safeguard the lives of Ghanaians and also protect the local pharmaceutical companies.

By: Efua Idan Osam/