- FDA arrest two quack doctors for selling a fake cure for coronavirus
- The two are producing unregistered products for the unsuspecting public
- The FDA's arrest comes on the back of Anas Aremeyaw's documentary on COVID-19
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Two quack doctors are facing the police for allegedly manufacturing herbal medicines that they say cures COVID-19.
The duo were arrested after ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, caught them on tape taking advantage of the pandemic to scam unsuspecting victims.
The two self-acclaimed doctors, Dr. Abdellah, the director of Dr. Abdellah Herbal Home, and his Research Assistant, Dr. Abdul Sarnad Bin Musa, are currently being investigated by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
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The 30-minute documentary exposed how the two individuals produced hundreds of bottles of the “COVID Cure” with fake FDA numbers on its labels during the lockdown period. In the film, they attempted to sell 100 bottles of their concoction to the undercover team for GH¢150,000. They had stockpiled almost GH¢433,875 worth of fake cure products in total.
A statement issued by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on 29 June and signed by its Chief Executive, Delese Darko, said the unregistered products, which were being manufactured at Kojo Ashong, a village near Amasaman, had been falsely labelled to bear a forged FDA registration number, “FDB/TMP03709”. Both products also had March 2020 and March 2021 as their manufacturing and expiry dates respectively.
The statement said the action of the two violated Sections 113(1) and 118(1) of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851).
It added that FDA’s visit to the manufacturing premises revealed the products were being manufactured under unhygienic conditions, which was also in contravention of Section 115 (1b) of the same Act.
“Moreover, results of laboratory analysis on the product conducted at the FDA’s ISO 17025-2017 Accredited Laboratory revealed the products do not meet the requirements of Total Aerobic Microbial Count and Total Yeast and Moulds Counts as per the British Pharmacopeia specifications, which makes the products unsafe for use,” it said.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, goes undercover in Ghana, exposing COVID-19 scam said to be worth thousands of dollars.
His investigative piece has brought to light the corrupt dealings regarding the pandemic and how certain individuals are making money off the coronavirus with the excuse of selling potent cures.
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