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08.06.2005 General News

FDB warns of sale of unregistered drugs for erectile dysfunction


Accra, June 8, GNA - The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) on Wednesday warned about the smuggling into the country of various brands of Sildenafil Citrate, a drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men, and warned that those who purchased them did so at their own risk. "The Food and Drugs Board has observed that various unregistered brands of a drug called Sildenafil Citrate indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men have entered the market through unapproved routes," a statement signed by Mr Emmanuel Agyarko, Chief Executive of FDB said.

The unregistered Sildenafil Citrate brands identified by the FDB are tab Powergra 100; loose packs of Viagra; Viagra packed in strips of 6S and 8S; Tab Pesagra 50 mg; Tab Ramegra, tab Caverta and tab Penagra. "It is suspected that these come in small quantities in suitcases and brief cases through the arrival hall at the Kotoka International Airport," the statement noted. "By this notice, the public are being cautioned that they purchase the unregistered products at their own risk. The Board is, however, doing all in its power to bring the perpetrators to book."

The FDB said the only Sildenafil Citrate it had registered was Viagra 50mg and 100 mg manufactured by Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals. "This Viagra is packed in strip of 4s with Pfizer embossed on one side and VGR 1000 on the other side in the vase of the 100mg and VGR 50 in the case of the 50 mg.