The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has seized 431 bottles of two unregistered herbal drugs purported to cure coronavirus.
This follows an exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger eye PI team.
Anas released his latest investigative piece on Monday, June 29, 2020, dubbed “Corona Quacks which exposed persons swindling others in the name of having COVD-19 cure in Ghana. The FDA in a statement said the seizure of the drugs was done with assistance from the Police Drug Enforcement Unit.
The alleged unregistered herbal medicinal products namely, COVID-CURE (1) and COVID-CURE (2), purported to treat COVID-19. They violate Section 118 (1) of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851).
The statement, signed by the Chief Executive of the Authority, Delese Mimi Darko, noted that the herbal products were “falsely labeled to bear FDA registration number on both products and also have March 2020 and March 2021 as their manufacturing and expiry dates.
The products according to the statement were also manufactured under poor hygienic conditions.
The Authority warned that it “has not registered any product for the treatment or cure for COVID-19” and asked Ghanaians to desist from buying any product of a sort.
The perpetrators of the crime, Dr. Abdellah and his research assistant, Dr. Abdul Samad Bin Musa have since been in police custody.