Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has registered only the 50mg and 100mg of the Tramadol tablets but during a market surveillance, it was found out that as high as 120mg and 225mg were on the shelves of some of the chemical and pharmacy shops.
In all a total of 26 pharmacy shops and 22 chemical shops were inspected during the two-day exercise organised by the FDA in seven communities, namely Sunyani, Abesim, Fiapre, Kotokrom, Odomase, Dormaa Akwamu and Asuotiano.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Head of the FDA, Mr Matthew Gyan Nkum, told journalists that out of the 26 chemical shops inspected, only one chemical shop at Abesim near Sunyani was not selling tramadol.
He said the FDA would refer the defaulters to the police for further action.
Mr Nkum observed that some individuals and shop owners were selling the tramadol in their homes in a bid to outwit the FDA and other law enforcement agencies.
He said at Odomase in the Sunyani West District, for instance, while FDA officials were still in a shop, a customer walked in with a sample box of tramadol and presented it to the shopkeeper, asking to buy the same type.
Story: From Michael MFUM SARPONG, SUNYANI, BRONG AHAFO