The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has called for the withdrawal of six herbal drugs from the market. This comes as a result of the discovery of synthetic pharmaceutical ingredients used only in the formulation of Prescription-Only-Medicines (POMs) in the recalled products.
The products include, Vigoura Capsules, OsompaNatural capsules, X Plus Men Power Bitter syrup, Anidaso Goodman capsules, Laud P. capsules and Time Natural capsules.
According to Ms. Delese Mimi Darko, the FDA boss, the drugs have been laced with Sildenafil-a synthetic pharmaceutical ingredient. This ingredient could possible threaten life if taken without proper medical supervision, she noted.
Sildenafil is a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor which is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. It works by increasing blood flow into the male organ to help men get and maintain erections. Among the notable side effects associated with the abuse of Sildenafil are sudden vision loss, ringing in the ears and sudden hearing loss, chest pain and irregular heartbeat.
Ms. Darko further emphasised the revocation of two out of the six banned products, Vigoura capsules and Osompa natural capsules from the market with immediate effect.
She again identified the four other products-X PlusMen Power Bitter syrup, Anidaso Goodman Capsules, Laud P Capsules and Time Natural Capsules. These drugs she said are not registered under the Food and Drugs Authority. They are therefore not eligible for the Ghanaian market and called for a stoppage on all forms of advertisement.
Meanwhile, the FDA is ensuring that the products are recalled from the market and the necessary regulatory sanctions applied.
The statement further assured the Ghanaian populace of the resolve of the FDA to not relent on its efforts in ensuring public health safety at all times.
By Edwin Abanga|Theprobegh.com