The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has not approved any medicine for the cure of HIV/AIDS in the country, its Chief Executive, Hudu Mogtari, has emphasised.
This is in response to media reports about the discovery of a medicine purported to cure HIV/AIDS.
“The FDA wishes to state categorically that it has not approved any medicine for the cure of HIV/AIDS and the general public is advised not to patronise any medicine for such claim, since their safety, quality and efficacy cannot be guaranteed,” he stated in a press release copied to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.
Mr. Mogtari “Any person who claims to have medicine for the cure of HIV/AIDS would need prior approval from the FDA before marketing such product.”
“The FDA is the only agency responsible for the approval and granting of marketing authorisation for the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of medicines in Ghana,” Mr. Mogtari stated.
He explained that medicine is taken through vigorous scientific scrutiny of its content, packaging information and documentation to ensure that the medicine is efficacious, of quality and safe for consumption before any approval is given,
Meanwhile, the FDA has advised persons on Anti-Retroviral Medications to continue with their medications and not to allow themselves to be swayed by false and unsubstantiated claims.
“We further encourage the general public to provide information on persons in any activities that are likely to endanger public health and safety with respect to FDA’s mandate through any of the following contact numbers: 0244337235, 0299802932 or 0299802933”, Mr. Mogtari said.
By Times Reporter