Samuel Tobin, CEO of Tobinco Pharmacy
Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Ltd has failed to meet a Food and Drugs Authority?s December 10, 2013 deadline to return impounded drugs to the manufacturer.
The pharmaceutical giant has since asked the FDA to extend the deadline for re-exporting the unauthorised drugs currently impounded at the Tema Harbour.
The drugs are part of G-Sunate plus Suppositories which the FDA is not allowing to be sold in Ghana because they have not been registered in Ghana.
The FDA gave Tobinco a six-day ultimatum to export the unregistered medicines back to their countries of origin after the pharmaceutical company pleaded with the Authority against destroying the drugs.
But the pharmaceutical company wants more time.
However, the FDA has indicated that it will destroy the impounded drugs if they are not exported by close of Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Acting Head of Post Market Surveillance and Drug Enforcement at the FDA Issaka Collison Coffie told Joy News the Authority will ensure the drugs are not sold to Ghanaians.
He revealed last week that three other companies also brought in fake drugs this year, but they complied with the FDA?s directive and destroyed the medicines.
Tobinco, he said, has refused to admit its fault, a situation that has led to the current impasse, stressing that the FDA is not selectively targeting Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited.