Wednesday, June 24, 2009

FDB warns against mentioning regulated products

The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) has warned that it will not spare radio presenters, media, and members of the public who flouted its directive and mention names of regulated products especially medicines.A statement issued in Accra on Tuesday and signed by Dr Stephen Opuni, Chief Executive Officer of the FDB said the Board had "noticed with grave concern the unlawful, unethical and disturbing manner in which some advertisers and radio presenters were airing advertisements of regulated products, especially medicines and alcoholic beverages". The statement reminded media houses that it was their responsibility to ensure that all advertisements brought to them to air "have been vetted and approved by the FDB".Quoting PNDCL 305B (14) and (15), the statement said it was an offence for any person who labelled, packaged, sold or advertised any drug, cosmetic, device or chemical substance without prior approval from the FDB.It advised the general public, especially media houses that the safety and health of Ghanaians were a collective responsibility and superseded any personal and financial interest.

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