FDA arrests illegal traditional medicine producer in Wa

Over the weekend, Emmanuel Bapuorador was detained in Wa by the FDA’s Upper West Regional office for manufacturing and dispensing what are called traditional medicines without a license.

According to reports, Emmanuel has been manufacturing the chemical under the trade names “God’s Blessing Herbal” in liquid, powdered, and ointment form.

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According to the ingredients’ labels, among other things, they could treat impotence, fever, diarrhea, waist pains, pregnancy-related stomach and body pains, general body pains, frequent urination, malaria, and impotence.

In a single room, Emmanuel, who is in his mid-40s, prepared and packaged the drugs before being apprehended in Zongo, a suburb of Wa.

The FDA’s acting upper west regional head, Mr. Kelvin Dafaari, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that his organization arrested the suspect after receiving a tip from a potential customer of the products.

“We received a tip that this young man was selling drugs at the Wa Magazine. We tracked him down and went to the Wa Magazine, but he fled when he saw us.

Therefore, we set up surveillance on him, and on Thursday, November 10, 2022, during the night, we had him,” the man said.

According to Mr. Dafaari, Emmanuel fought being arrested at first until he was forced to lead the team to a single room where he presented his medication.

“He even mentioned the product was registered. We requested the registration certificate or registration letter from the FDA, but he sent us a program agenda that he attended in Bono and is using to claim that the FDA has registered his items,” the man claimed.

Preliminary examinations of the substance, according to Mr. Dafaari, revealed that it was a single item sold under multiple labels as a treatment for various ailments.

He said the suspect had been handed over to the Police to help in the investigation after which the FDA would sanction him according to the Public Health Act. Also, the single room where he produced the products have been locked up. The Ag. Regional FDA Boss explained that Emmanuel would be recommended to go through the necessary certification processes if they find out the efficacy of his medicine and check to get a proper place of production that met the FDA standard.

Emmanuel disclosed that although he had been in the company for five years and was from Subinso, near Wenchi in the Bono Region, his goods had not yet been registered with the FDA.

Mr. Dafaari warned the people to stop purchasing drugs from drug peddlers because doing so was against the law.

To purchase medications, visit a pharmacy or a licensed retailer of over-the-counter medications. Even if they claim to be licensed, don’t buy drugs from people who are constantly selling them, he warned.

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