FDA disposes off 4,152 bottles of banned codeine in cough syrup


The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has safely disposed of 4,152 bottles of banned Codeine containing cough syrups.

The exercise was carried out with support from agencies such as the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The items were concealed in duvets, packed in suitcases, kids school bags and other traveling bags impounded at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra.

It will be recalled that the Minister of Health on September 26, 2018, issued an Executive Instrument banning the Importation, Manufacture and Registration of Codeine containing cough syrups under section 116 of the Public Health Act,2012.

The 4152 bottles of the Codeine containing Cough syrup with a street value of GhC 332,160 were imported from South Africa in three different consignments by three different importers. The suspects have been handed over to the Ghana Police for further investigation and prosecution.

The safe disposal of the Codeine Cough Syrup was done at the Adepa Landfill Site, Nsawam by crushing with supervision from the Assembly and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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