In the Kumasi Central Business District, about GH¢850,000 worth of unlicensed medications—which are allegedly unwholesome—have been taken into custody.
According to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the goal of the continuing operation is to stop the retail market’s unlawful medicinal product sales.
Preventive consumer and merchant sensitization is part of the practice.
The goods were found in Kumasi’s Kejetia Market, which is quickly becoming known for being a hub for the sale of unlicensed medications and unwholesome herbal items.
A variety of aphrodisiacs, body enhancement goods, unlicensed herbal medications, conventional pain remedies, and cosmetics are among the things that were confiscated.
The Food and Drugs Authority periodically conducts market surveillance in an effort to crack down on unauthorized drug dealers.
The Ashanti Regional Manager, John Laryea Odae-Tettey in an interview with JoyNews said, “The confiscated products will go through our safe system of disposal. We advise all manufacturers and importers to get in touch with the Food and Drugs Authority. We are there to ensure and assist them to register and sell on the Ghanaian market,” he assured.
On social media, the promotion of unhealthy medications is becoming more and more common.
According to the FDA, it intends to remove these kinds of online ads and the sale of unhealthy items.
“Punitive measures are there. The law mandates us to prosecute you or fine you. This goes to you, if you want to indulge in these illegal businesses, you will have a price to pay. Join hands with FDA to ensure that products there are safe for consumption,” he revealed.
According to Mr. Odae-Tettey, the FDA will keep urging people to stop buying drugs from unregistered vendors.