The Food and Drugs Authority’s training program with herbal product manufacturers around the country seem to be going pretty well. The authority has embarked on regional education, sensitization, knowledge acquisition workshop for herbal medical practitioners in the regions.
The Western Region Food and Drugs Authority the FDA has also held days program for training herbal products manufacturers in the region on the law regulating their manufacture processes.
The Senior Regulatory Officer, Mr Benjamin Appiah Sam-Dadson, who spoke on the Public Health Act, 2012 (ACT 851) said Part 7 of the Act was approved to control the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, sale, use and advertisement of all food , drugs, cosmetics, household chemical substances, medical devices, blood and blood products, clinical trials, tobacco and substances of abuse in order to ensure their safety, efficacy and quality.
According to him, one can not practice, manufacture, prepare, import, export, distribute, sell, supply or exhibit for sale a drug, herbal medicinal product, cosmetic, medical device or household chemical substance unless one has been registered by the Authority under the Act.
Mr Benjamin Appiah also added that if anyone commits against any these law, the person will be false to stop practice. At the program he also said the training will also help to reduce the government’s expenditure on drug importation for the money saved to fund equally other important developmental projects.
He enlightened that an application for the registration of a drug, herbal medicinal product, cosmetic medical device or household chemical substance shall be made to the Authority in the prescribed manner and be accompanied with the prescribed fees.
During the program, Mr Sam-Dadson, also made a statement about approval. He said one can only sell, advertise or do public treatment unless the advertisement has been approved and vetted by the Food And Drug Authority under the Act.
Mr Francis Edem Odum, a Senior Regulatory Officer who spoke on the preservation of herbal medicines mentioned the adverse effects and overdose of preservatives as hypersensitivity, skin irritation, contact dermatitis and urticaria.
He also explain that storing products in plastic containers or glass bottles (amber colored) depends on the type of constituents of formulation, pH; adsorption of preservatives and leaching of pack, pH drift, loss of activity of preservative.
He said for herbal capsules and tablets, acceptable primary packaging materials include plastic bottles with airtight aluminium foil and desiccant for absorption of moisture whilst for herbal ointments and creams, flexible plastic and aluminium tubes were acceptable
According to Mr Odum, name of product should not be offensive, unethical, sociallly or traditionally unacceptable, superstitious or magical. He then said the name of the product must not bear any resemblance in spellings or pronunciation to any other registered product.
Mr Odum then added, all indications should be stated in words and for products meant for children, the age range shall specified for each dosage regimen whiles dosage should be for children above the age of twelve (12) years.
After the training, the Western Regional Vice Chairman for the Ghana Federation of Traditional, Alhaji Kweku Usman gave a speech of thanks to the FDA board. Telling them how grateful they are for organising such training for them and said it will go a long way to them then practice safety, quality medicines for Ghana health system.
Usan them pleaded with the FDA to keep organising such training to help them improve in productivity.