Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mr. James Lartey has outlined a number of challenges affecting their operations.
In an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Kweku Owusu Frimpong on Frontline in the UK, James Lartey said, the FDA has resource challenges.
He indicated that because the FDA lacks office space, they are forced to keep more than the required number of staff at their office.
He further revealed that because they lack a warehouse to keep seized our unauthorized products, they keep them at the client’s warehouse but they have had one or two instances where the products were smuggled onto the market.
However, we have applied sanctions against those who smuggled the products out of the warehouse onto the market.
Mr. Lartey said, when it comes to regulations, the FDA uses a number of ways in dealing with defaulters but it will be best for them to have their own warehouse.
The 2016 Auditor-General's Report has cited the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) for infractions that have allowed uncertified and low quality medicines to enter the market.
The infractions include keeping unregistered drugs at the FDA canteen, keeping detained drugs on the premises of offending companies, failure to register some medicines and allowing importers to import drugs into the country before securing import permits for the drugs.
Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, the Chief Executive Officer of the FDA said, medicines were stored at the canteen due to the lack of a warehouse facility.
The drugs she further said were kept for a short time there and indicated that the windows to the canteen were opened to give the medicines the right temperature.