A number of media houses and product owners, who are alleged to have flouted the country’s law on public health through the advertisement of drugs they claim to cure or prevent some manageable diseases, are to be prosecuted. The Public Health Act 851(5) prohibits advertisement of drugs for the treatment, prevention and cure for HIV/AIDs, diabetes, typhoid, infertility, kidney stones and kidney failure, mental disorder, cancer, sexual transmitted diseases among.
But the Food and Drugs Authority says it has secured recordings of such advertisement by some product owners in the media and has forwarded same to the Police which have commenced investigations into the matter. Head of Communications and Public Education at the FDA, James Lartey, said that these are the diseases [that] you can’t advertise and when you advertise, you go against the law,” at a news conference in Kumasi Wednesday.
He said doctors have been mandated to prescribe medicines and offer advice to patients suffering from those diseases, noting “when people advertise, they force you to take some things and you might not be advised to take that, the law is saying that these diseases cannot be advertised”. He explained further “you may have brought that product to FDA for registration to cure a particular disease; you may have received approval but the law says that you cannot advertise [it]”.
“Already, we are taking action on this…we have recorded some [radio/tv] stations that have advertised on these diseases. We have forwarded the recorded version to the police headquarters and have started investigations on it,” he revealed. Mr. Lartey said once investigations were over, prosecution of liable persons would be prosecuted.
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