Fake Contraceptive Sellers Held

nigerian peddlersTwo Nigerians have been arrested for allegedly sell-ing fake contraceptive and worm drugs in Accra.
The suspects, Nduka Ogbonna Fidelis and Vincent Emmanuel, were said to be selling fake Vermox and Postinor 2 tablets which did not contain active required ingredient.

The Communications Director of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), James Lartey, told The Ghanaian Times that with the assistance of the Accra Regional Police Command, the suspects residing at Agege and Mamprobi, respectively were arrested.

He said investigations conducted by the FDA revealed that the fake medicines were smuggled into the country from Nigeria by road.
Mr. Lartey said Vermox tablets are indicated for worm infestations whereas Postinor 2 is an oral emergency contraceptive.

He said the fake Vermox has a batch number of 9CL2400 with a manufacturing date of 09/2013 and expiry date of 08/2017.
He advised pharmacies, licensed chemical shops, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities to avoid buying such drugs.

“Medicines purchased from these sources are not only fake but are also transported and stored under improper conditions, which could result in their deterioration well before their stated expiry thus putting the health of consumers of such medicines at risk,” Mr. Lartey said.
He urged the public to provide information on suspects whose activities can endanger public health and safety. By Anita Nyarko

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