It has emerged that family planning giant, DKT International, used unregistered drugs to terminate pregnancies at their facilities, exposing the women to severe medical complications.
Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey, who uncovered the scandal, says the drugs, which are also distributed by DKT International, have the potential to cause severe bleeding in women.
Joy News investigations show that thousands of the unregistered drugs, Misoprostol and Mifepristone, were part of a shipment of about 90,000 packets brought into the country by DKT International with the assistance fake drug dealers from Nigeria and Switzerland.
A waybill dated July 19, 2016, reveals that the family planning clinic used 500 packets of Mifepristone and 2,000 pieces of Misoprostol.
Another document sighted by Joy News shows that on August 10, 2016, the clinic used 500 packets of packets of Misoprostol and another 500 packets of Misoprostol.
A former staff of DKT International (name withheld) told Joy News that she witnessed large quantities of the unapproved pregnancy-terminating drugs being shipped into Ghana through the backdoor.
Kwetey’s investigation further revealed that the drugs are sold alongside Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) approved drugs imported into the country by DKT International.
“They [DKT] bring in the regulated drugs from the authorities through the main channels, but their illegal drugs that is where the chunk of the money is,” the former DKT International staff told Joy News.